Family Explorer Activities: Fashion Show

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Artist, Sian, and little artist, Aoife, demonstrate how you can use clothes and movements to transform yourself into a different character.

This activity is inspired by our Grace Before Jones exhibition, exploring the life, works, and collaborations of the iconic singer, Grace Jones.

If you have a go at the activity, we'd love to see your creations on social media #NCmaking

Download all three activities here, or keep scrolling.

Sheet describing the fashion show activity. Some of the sheet reads "Clothing and costumes can help you transform into a new character. You can use your imagination and be anyone or be anywhere. You can perform the personality of a different person; the swagger, the grace and the performance."

The Fashion Show

Grace Jones uses costume and clothing to show us different sides of her personality. She tells a story of her life by how she dresses, how she stands and how she moves.

You don’t have to bring a dress up box with you into the gallery space, you have everything you need to transform into a new character just by wearing them in a slightly different way.

Clothing and costumes can help you transform into a new character. You can use your imagination and be anyone or be anywhere. You can perform the personality of a different person, the swagger, the grace and the performance.

Turn your coat the wrong way round. Could it become a strange creature prowling around the space?

Make exciting costumes with the clothes you have on, changing them around and swapping to alter how they look.

Take Centre Stage and Strut the Catwalk

A sheet describing the costume creations activity. Part of the sheet reads "Let's go to the next level in our costume changing! Think about hunting out new costumes at home. Borrow clothes from different people in your family, think about how you could use belts and scarfs, tights and hairbands in different ways."

Costume Creations

Let’s go to the next level in our costume changing!

Think about hunting out new costumes at home.

Borrow clothes from different people in your family; think about how you could use belts, scarfs, tights, and hairbands in different ways.

How many fashionable, funny, or strange outfits can you come up with?

Explore wrapping and tying, wearing clothes backwards or upside down. You could even wear so many layers that it changes the way you move!

Plan a fashion show, see if your audience can guess who you are!

You could even give yourself a mission to change your entire costume in 30 seconds.

Get your family to time you and see how many different characters you can be.

A sheet describing the power pose activity. The sheet reads "Grace Jones experiments with different poses and different clothes to change herself into someone or something else. She pushes herself beyond the stereotypes of who other people see her. Collect clothes from around the house and think about the fabrics and materials."

Power Pose

Grace Jones experiments with different poses and different clothes to change herself into someone or something else.

She pushes herself beyond just being human, transforming herself beyond the stereotypes of who other people see her.

Collect clothes from around the house and think about the fabric and materials.

Using this list of different themes found within the GRACE BEFORE JONES exhibition, see if you can dress or curate yourself with a simple costume change and turn into the identities of GRACE.

Theme list

· PERFORMER

· MACHINE

· SCULPTURE

· OUTRAGE

· POWERHOUSE

Download all three activities here,.

These activities were created by Associate Artist, Sian Watson-Taylor

A close-up image of associate artist, Sian Watson-Taylor.

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