Scant few live lives like Sebastian Horsley’s. Born in 1962, Horsley was an artist and writer who lived the majority of his life in London. Initially seeking acclaim as a painter, Horsley’s artistry increasingly extended beyond the canvas, eventually permeating all aspects of his life in true bohemian fashion. Horsley’s chosen descriptor was ‘dandy’, a term within men’s fashion that is not only highly contentious but also possesses a multiplicity of meaning. This lecture focuses on understanding Horsley’s relationship with dandyism as a historic tradition, drawing on three archetypes: the Brummellian consumer, the Baudelairian artist and the Wildean celebrity. It explains the gradual fusion of Horsley’s life, art and dress, tracking the development of Horsley’s personal style into a set of theatrical signature styles worn for public appearances. Drawing on extensive interviews, institutional and personal archive material, the lecture describes the tension between performance art and performative identity present in Horsley’s dandyism and its significance within his wider biography.
Fenella Hitchcock: Trained in design and pattern cutting, Fenella Hitchcock is a writer, historian and lecturer specialising in fashion and cultural history. Her postgraduate thesis was centred on the life, work and dress of Soho ‘character’ and self-proclaimed dandy Sebastian Horsley, and inspired by work undertaken within the Museum of London’s fashion and decorative arts archive. Her work is underpinned by a broader interest in masculinities, sexualities and biography. She is an associate lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion and within Kingston University’s Faculty for Art, Design and Architecture, as well as Editor of The Costume Society blog.
Living Animals Invade The Wunderkabinett - Pet a Python, Fondle a Frog, Touch a Tarantula, cuddle a Chameleon & more in a educational display
Mar 3rd 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
Get Behind The Bar & Learn To Make (& Drink) Four Classic Cocktails with Our In-House Mixologists
Feb 16th 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
Private View May 9th Exhibition May-September 2017
May 9th 2017 - Sep 30th 2017
Join The Last Tuesday Society as we toast to the Empire of Booze, raising our glasses to a history of the British Empire told through drink and author Henry Jeffreys.
Jul 11th 2017 - Jul 11th 2017
Join Master Storyteller Giles Abbott and just twelve guests around the Sarcophagus in Lion's Chamber of Our Museum's Wunderkabinnet for Monthly Storytelling evenings
Mar 12th 2017 - Jul 9th 2017
Join the reclusive Viktor Wynd on a journey into the bowels of the earth and his basement museum.
Jan 11th 2017 - Jun 21st 2017
Join Viktor Wynd, for a night of Tall Tales from The Brother's Grimm, The Arabian Nights or Ireland accompanied by a Glass of The World's Most Unusual Gin (& T)
Jan 24th 2017 - Jun 20th 2017
Paired with Navy Strength Rum
Jun 6th 2017 - Jun 6th 2017
Join us for an evening of wonder and curiosity, art and science, to celebrate the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by New York City taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato.
Apr 25th 2017 - Apr 25th 2017
Absinthe & l'Androgynie
Apr 18th 2017 - Apr 18th 2017
An Exhibition of 35 works by the Anglo-Mexican Surrealist from The Viktor Wynd Collection generously supported by Hendrick's Gin.
Sep 17th 2016 - Apr 6th 2017
An Interactive Illusion of the Greatest Kind + Victorian-era Cocktails to Pair
Apr 4th 2017 - Apr 4th 2017
For The Hendrick's Commission 2016 Paul Hazelton Fills the Wunderkabinett with Ghostly Figures made of Dust
Sep 17th 2016 - Mar 31st 2017