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Tuesday 17th November – 36th meeting of 2015

Today we had planned a visit to Brick Lane and the Old Truman Brewery which had a special exhibition of film, television and theatre costumes.

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Meeting at Charing Cross we took the District Line to Aldgate East and then a short walk to Brick Lane and the Old Truman Brewery. This area is famous for its curry houses and there was an aroma of spices on the walk in Brick Lane. The Old Truman Brewery is now a vast building which is used for exhibitions, fashion shows and the like.

The exhibition we had come to see has been compiled by Angels a family business of 175 years of film, television and theatre costumiers. We purchased our tickets £8.50 a group 8+ rate and we then went down to the cafe for a coffee.

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We then went in to view the exhibition. It begins in the Victorian era with pictures and clothing. It then went through the music hall and theatre days, into the 20th century with the World Wars. It showed the Ealing Comedy years, as well as the Swinging 60’s, and features costumes from modern stage productions including Wicked and Wolf Hall. There is a large display of iconic TV costumes such as Doctor Who and Only Fools and Horses, and then a stunning room of costumes that feature instantly recognisable costumes from major films including Elizabeth, Star Wars, Cleopatra, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more.


This exhibition was very good. It was well presented with lots of space to move around the items. Throughout the exhibition it gave a history of the company Angels and information on each exhibit which was just enough to keep your interest!

We saw some stunning embroidery and bead work and learnt how precise and detailed these items are and how much work goes into the making of these costumes. A fabulous exhibition well worth a visit.

The walk back to the station was a wet one and Brick Lane was alive with the curry houses open and business booming!