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THE MUSEUM OF SOHO: MURRAY'S CABARET CLUB EXHIBITION

THE MUSEUM OF SOHO: MURRAY'S CABARET CLUB EXHIBITION

Murray’s Cabaret Club Exhibition hosted in the Cocktail Lounge from 22nd March - 7th April.

Murray’s Cabaret Club in London’s Soho was a notorious jazz and revue club which opened in 1913 on Beak Street.

Known for extravagant dance shows and risqué embroidered costumes the Club’s hostesses included Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies who were both at the heart of the most enduring political scandals of our time, the Profumo Affair in the 1960’s.

Attracting royalty including HRH Princess Margaret and the Duke of Edinburgh, whose Thursday Club friends frequently went to Murray’s for a glamorous evening of fine dining, wining and women, as most recently depicted in the Netflix series The Crown.

The decadent and very glamorous basement venue also pulled in the cream of 1950s and 60s society including The Krays, Peter Sellers and Jane Birkin.

The small stage area was filled with stunning girls in exquisite hand-stitched bejeweled costumes which in the 1946 post-war era was a joyous relief for Londoner’s who had survived the traumas of the Blitz and austerity of rationing.

Each costume was designed and perfected in watercolor and gouache by a number of designers including Ronald Cobb, before the team of seamstresses in Surrey painstakingly made up each intricate outfit.

Now Vintage Poster collector, Charlie Jeffreys, is, in conjunction with the Museum of Soho and curated by the V & A’s Ben Levy, mounting an exhibition and sale of a selection of the illustrations at The Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue from March 22nd 2018.
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