OPEN FROM 8 JANUARY, COINCIDING WITH THE FIRST DAY OF LONDON MENSWEAR FASHION WEEK, “MAD ABOUT THE BOY” LOOKS AT FASHION’S INTEREST IN YOUTH CULTURE – SPECIFICALLY, TEENAGE BOYS
The group exhibition is curated by Lou Stoppard, the fashion Commentator and editor of SHOWstudio. Exploring fashion’s eternal obsession with youth, it focuses on the way the myth of the teenage boy are constructed through collections and fashion images.
The exhibition brings together the work of a variety of designers and image-makers, including: Raf Simons, J W Anderson, Nick Knight, Larry Clark, Jason Evans, Kim Jones, Meadham Kirchhoff, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Christopher Shannon, Undercover and more.
Visitors will be immersed in the different identities of the teenage boy — the boy as outsider, the boy as sexual being, the boy in the club, the boy in education … — via tableaux including a school toilet defaced with graffiti and flyers and a recreation of the Meadham Kirchhoff spring/summer 2013 menswear presentation.
The exhibit will also feature audio recordings of designers and photographers discussing their memories and perception of youth alongside editorials, films and select looks from different collections.
“Mad About the Boy”, an exhibition about fashion’s obsession with the teenage boy, is open at Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Prince’s St, London W1G 0BJ from 8 January to 2 April 2016