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From Sunday dressing to street wear, celebrity to Rasta, Black British Style looks
at fashion and styling across all aspects of black life and culture over the past
50 years. The exhibition explores clothes and the bodies that wear them,
looking at not only what is worn but how.

Black people aren’t exclusively the ones to turn heads on the street but it is the
attention to detail in the art of dressing that makes these styles so significant.
Historical roots, cultural difference, a pleasure in femininity, masculinity or
sexuality, and the unrestrained desire for the ingenuity of designer clothes
have all influenced the way black people in Britain dress.

This exhibition is the first of its kind in the UK and highlights the variety of
lifestyles that co-exist in black culture, focusing on dress but also incorporating
music, photography and film.