New exhibition Mad About The Boy will open during London Collections: Men
Mad About The Boy, curated by Showstudio alumnus Lou Stoppard, opens on 8 January exploring fashion’s obsession with youth, focuses on the way ideas of the teenage boy are constructed through definitive collections and fashion images. Inspired by designers’ fascination with youth culture, Mad About The Boy will examine the motifs and parallels within fashion’s treatment of youth.
The exhibition will collate the work of designers and image-makers including: Raf Simons, J W Anderson, Nick Knight, Larry Clark, Jason Evans, Kim Jones, Meadham Kirchhoff, Tyrone Lebon, Nasir Mazhar, Martine Rose, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Christopher Shannon, Judy Blame, Undercover, Patrick Robyn and more.
Notions of the young male as rebel and iconic rule breaker will be exemplified by a series of fantastical tableaux designed by Tony Hornecker: including a school toilet defaced with graffiti and flyers, to fully immerse the visitor in the identity of the teenage boy. And most notably of all, there will also be a recreation of Meadham Kirchhoff’s memorable SS 2013 Menswear presentation, which placed louche boys in lurid sportswear and intricately designed textiles within a flower strewn squat environment that had many a fashion editor reaching for the smelling salts.
Of the exhibition, curator Lou Stoppard says: ‘The fluidity and possibility of the teenage years seems to unite fashion’s obsession with the boy: sparked, perhaps by a strange belief in the precious genius of youth – of a time of perceived infinite opportunity, spontaneity and creative freedom. Designers young and old return to the same themes, constructing, rehashing and shaping the dream male, season in season out.’
Audio recordings of designers and photographers discussing their thoughts on the topic will be included alongside editorials, films and selected looks from seminal collections. Mad About The Boy presents the relationship between fashion and youth as an ever-evolving narrative.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full programme of events, talks, workshops and masterclasses which will be announced in early January 2016.
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ
Entrance is free
Friday 8 January – Saturday 2 April 2016