Visit The Coolest, London-Based Exhibit From The Comfort of Your Couch
Back in January, we reported on sharp, incisive (and absurdly young) SHOWStudio fashion editor Lou Stoppard‘s London exhibition. Titled Mad About the Boy, the exhibition tackled fashion’s obsession with youth, specifically in menswear. Images from the show included poignant works from photographers like Alasdair McLellan, as well as pieces from today’s most relevant menswear labels, including Raf Simons and Gosha Rubchinskiy. As Stoppard told Milk editor Rachel Hodin at the time, she was really looking at “[how the] fetishization of male youth can manifest in different ways than the obsession with female youth.”
The show ended on April 2nd. But fortunately for those of us who don’t live in London and still love images of pretty boys in luxuriously slouchy outfits, all of the images are now available to view on the SHOWstudio website. The show is broken down into sections: they look at club culture, “the rebel,” sex, gender identity, streetwear, and the distance between “man and child.” For a full exhibition experience, the images are accompanied by videos of SHOWstudio’s famed panel discussions—in which panels of fashion experts convene to discuss a particular topic, designer, or show—including a discussion between Stoppard, artist Mark Leckey, and photographer Jason Evans; and one between designer Nasir Mazhar and journalist Charlie Porter.
You can even blast the music that was played in the gallery space: DJ (and prolific, genius Instagrammer) Michel Gaubert’s mix for Raf Simons‘ Spring/Summer ’16 show. An essay from the exhibition catalogue is also available, as well as one by Stoppard herself that provides further context. As she wrote, “Fashion’s relationship with youth is cyclical and repetitive—the same tropes and signatures appear regularly: school, fandom, gangs, firsts.” The exhibition breaks down these tropes, searching for meaning in the endless representations of the young.
It’s an absurdly well-curated, comprehensive experience. Hop on over to SHOWstudio for the whole shebang.