In the finest of fashion fairy tales the ever-changing i-D NOW pop-up says ‘Ay Up’ to Tá Na Deptford.
In the past two days, the i-D NOW event space has seen it all, but if those four walls could speak we think they’d have been pretty speechless when yesterday the girls from Tá Na Deptford took over. Fresh from their appearance in i-D’s Pre-Fall Pick Me Up Issue, they arrived with a wealth of vintage garms, fancy dress and all sorts of oddities.
With a full team turning out Emma, Emily, Patrizia, Dimbleby and Capper arrived with suitcases, dry cleaning bags and rucksacks all jam-packed with clothes. Within half an hour the transformation had taken place and Shoreditch’s second most exciting white cube had become a pop up vintage heaven of extravagance and all things exotic. With Katy Davies wielding the lens and the music blaring loud and clear the party had begun. The sheer energy in the room was enough to encourage the most timid dresser to strip down and put on something they thought they’d never wear.
With ‘a door wide-open’ policy on all of the workshops, parties and events they;re involved in this fancy dressing collective are democrats who know how to have a good old fashioned knees up. Emerging from the mountain of sartorial magnificence we grabbed two minutes with tip-top Tá Na-er Emma Symes.
Tell us about what you’ve been up to today… We’ve been doing a pop-up photo shoot of Tá Na Deptford. It’s our own take on a photo shoot which is why it contains many ridiculous costumes, a pretty mad looking set and some fun props to play about with.
What made you want to start Tá Na Deptford? I used to live in Rio and trained with a street theatre troop out there and their performance workshops use lots of costumes. They used this technique where they would impulsively create a performance using costumes set against the a DJ playing music. I thought, ‘Ok I think this method of working, method of performance could work in London.’ So when I came back I decided to set one up, I had a few friends who were interested and it all evolved from there.
Where do you find the clothes? Deptford Market, everything is from Deptford Market.
How could somebody get involved with Tá Na Deptford? Just come down to a workshop, find us online – it depends how and in what way you want to be involved. If you go to our website it has information about where and when our workshops happen and they’re all free. Anyone can go down and join in, there is no commitment for you to be a performer you can just come down and watch. It’s in the back of a pub, The Amersham Arms in New Cross. Just bring a bottle of something, come with some mates, see what it’s all about talk to us at the end.
It’s impossible to refuse! i-D will see you there, we’ll be the ones in the frog masks.
Text: Declan Higgins
Photography: Katy Davies
All of the pop-up happenings are covered minute-by-minute. Keep one eye glued to i-D online (and #iDNOW on Twitter) for all the latest… We hope you enjoy the show!