The ‘Pockets in Fashion’ looks how fashion designers have used the pocket as a decorative and functional feature, from military uniforms to cargo pants and beyond.
‘Pocket Technology’ is a small display of gadgets that have been made to fit the pocket, from the original Nintendo ‘game and watch’ games to the iPod and pocket sized video cameras.
Lastly, the ‘Pocket in Film’ section is a bizarre idea indeed. A stack of television monitors shows a mix of famous film scenes that include pockets and references to them, from ‘Oliver!”s Fagin to the Marx Brothers comedy classic ‘A night at the Opera’.
There is also a wall covered in denim pockets, each one holding a Gameboy Advance SP console that you can try out.
All in all, this is a peculiar exhibition that leaves something to be desired. Whilst the concept of an exhibition tracing the history of pockets could potentially be revealing and curious, the poor presentation and sparseness of the show let it down considerably, leaving the impression that this was more a media stunt than legitimate cultural examination.
Pockets – An exhibition from GameBoy Advance SP
Date: March 28th – April 4th 2003
Address: 51 Poland Street, London W1
Text: Tim Spear
Photos: Tim Spear