Day of Record: Notting Hill Carnival 2003
On Sunday 24 August and Monday 25 August 2003 the V&A staged its fourth Day of Record. Visitors to the Notting Hill Carnival were invited to be photographed by Tim Marshall in order to celebrate the style and fashion choices of the diverse groups who attend and participate.
The Notting Hill Carnival is a major destination and the largest street party in Europe. This year the V&A invited Carnival visitors to be photographed in order to celebrate the style and fashion choices of the diverse groups who attend and participate.
Photographers were based in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, just off Kensal Road, along with others mingling with the crowds in the street. Hundreds of photographs were taken recording the attire of a huge variety of those attending the Carnival from the very young to the very old.
A selection of the portraits were displayed in the V&A link gallery as part of the V&A’s Black History Month celebrations.
Day of Record is the first event to collect material for the Black British Style exhibition to be held at the V&A in the Autumn 2004. A celebration of black style – this exhibition will show clothes and accessories that have been worn or designed by black people, alongside photos, film and music. The focus will be on how black Britons have created distinctive styles by incorporating dress from the Caribbean, Africa, America and Europe.