Meadham Kirchhoff SS 2013, Image courtesy of NOWFASHION, London Meadham Kirchhoff SS 2013, Image courtesy of NOWFASHION, London
Van Beirendonck, Bad Baby Boys AutumnWinter 86-87, Photograph by Patrick Robyn Walter, London Van Beirendonck, Bad Baby Boys AutumnWinter 86-87, Photograph by Patrick Robyn Walter, London
Christopher Shannon SS 2016, Image courtesy of Christopher Shannon, London Christopher Shannon SS 2016, Image courtesy of Christopher Shannon, London
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Boy wonders

11 : 01 : 2016 Mad About The Boy : Menswear : Fashion

London – A new exhibition at London Fashion Space Gallery explores fashion designers’ fixation with male youth.

  • Curator Lou Stoppard explores themes such as sexuality, street culture and the rise of Neutral Culture
  • Mad About The Boy features audio interviews, photography, films as well as key pieces from designers, including Gosha Rubchinskiy and Raf Simons

Seminal photographs of skinheads from the 1980s by celebrated fashion photographer Nick Knight sit alongside a spring/summer 2015 collaboration between grime artist Skepta and chillwear designer Nasir Mazhar, demonstrating the increasing pertinence of youth culture on today’s fashion industry.

‘Things such as joggers, jeans and sweaters are now as relevant to the lives of 50-year-old men, whereas before they were ghettoised to youth culture,’ Lou Stoppard, editor of SHOWstudio and curator of the exhibition, tells LS:N Global. ‘Fashion critic Charlie Porter talks brilliantly about how the suit is a seminal piece of design, but it’s simply not relevant to his life.’

Stoppard also highlights the rise of gender fluidity, citing JW Anderson’s androgynous collections and fashion photographer Brett Lloyd’s editorials. But she is still keen to highlight the differences between the genders. ‘With masculinity there is more of a focus on rights of passage, gangs and freedom,’ says Stoppard. ‘With women the focus is much more on aesthetics and youthful beauty.’

The Big Picture

Today, age is just a number. Read our macrotrend The Flat Age Society to see why you can market to a 35-year-old, a 45-year-old and a 55-year-old in exactly the same way.

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