Holi, St Patrick's Day and Alexander McQueen at the V&A – get excited for March
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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style
Rationing didn't only mean a dowdy dinner table – World War II's austerity measures affected clothing too, leaving the British public to adapt their fashions accordingly. Clearly the make-do-and-mend attitude was especially effective when it came to what to wear, for the results were more casual styles and some ingenious renovating and recycling. This exhibition of accessories, photographs, film, artworks, interviews and clothing provides insight into the home lives of men and women during wartime Britain, showing their sense of identity and the ways in which they coped with having their home comforts restricted. The displays include key pieces of uniform from the men's and women's services, items from the utility fashion ranges introduced in 1941 to provide fairness in fashion and examples of marketing ingenuity on the part of wartime retailers, such as as gas mask handbags and luminous blackout buttons.
Cinnamon Kitchen's House of Holi
Bid the grey of winter a relieved farewell and welcome spring with a burst of colour with a session in Cinnamon Kitchen's Holi Pod. Guests will be provided with a protective white suit before pelting each other with brightly coloured paint powders until they look as unnatural as a bag of Rainbow Drops. The restaurant will also be serving a special Holi menu, and visitors to the pod can add a Holi-inspired cocktail and traditional canapés to their session ticket for an additional £7. Children are welcome during the Little Holi session, which take place on Saturdays at 12pm-12.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm. Sessions last 30 minutes. Book in advance.
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show
Get tangled in the joys of thread-based crafting at this weekend celebrating dressmaking, knitting, embroidery, jewellery making, quilting and plenty more. More than 200 exhibitors will offer advice, information and kit, and visitors can attend workshops, visit a fashion and textile museum and explore The Crochet Jungle. Book in advance for reduced ticket prices.
TPub's Comic Book Pop-Up
British comic book publishers T-Pub are popping up in Old Street station's tunnels for a week with a mission: they want to introduce the world – or some of east London's commuters at the very least – to good comics. They'll have plenty of advice and recommendations for everyone, no matter their graphic novel experience level. Every visitor will be given codes to download free digital comics, which will definitely be a more entertaining read on your tube journey home than the showbiz pages of yesterday's Metro.
Meat and Greet
If you're the sort of person who's more interested in what you're eating than who you're eating it with, this food-focused singles night may well help you find your very hungry soul mate. Billed as 'dating for carnivores', guests will tuck into a main course, shared sides and two cocktails each (all included in the ticket price) while getting to know the fellow meatheads at the table. There will be no self-conscious ordering woes, no anxious bill-splitting discussion and certainly no judging when you inevitably get barbecue sauce all over your face. Book in advance.
Hear My Voice and Answer Me
There's little more Swiss than yodelling, so this sound and video installation has found a perfect home in the Swiss Church. The artists captured the sound and visuals of Doreen Kutze yodelling in the church, and the exhibition features their representations of the performance, highlighting the ties between voice and body. How does one communicate without the use of language but with the help of the natural landscape? Welcome to the power of the yodel. A live yodelling performance will take place on Friday March 20 at 7.30pm for which tickets are £5.
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