LCF’s latest exhibition: ‘Mad About The Boy’ brings attention to fashion’s obsession with youth
‘Mad about the boy’ is the latest exhibition at London College of Fashion encompassing fashion, photography, music and visual arts from across the decades, with its main focus firmly on the perception of youth in the fashion industry.
Curated and designed by Lou Stoppard, and Tony Hornecker, works by the likes of J W Anderson, Larry Clark, Jason Evans, Kim Jones, Gosha Rubchinskiy and Raf Simons amongst many others are displayed as part of the exhibition, in an effort to shed light on angles through which the young male is typically viewed.
The Accompanying soundtrack by Younji Ku, which can be heard throughout the venue complements and helps clarify the message of each artwork.
Different asepects of the life of a young male are thoroughly studied through the eyes of image-makers and fashion desginers by whom young males are often made subject to fetishization and idolization. From the street where rebellious teens make anti-fashion elemtns stylish and fashioanble, to the club scene where latest chart toppers are played and trendy outfits are sported by youngersters, the fashion industry has long been drawing inspiration from the hangouts of youth; resulting in streetwear-inspried sportswear by high fashion desginers for instance.
Through adolescence, teenagers explore and discover their sexuality, with some of them being gender-bending and avoding labels, while the fashion industry takes advantage of their sense of freedom and glorifies it.
Not only does the exhibition present the youth-oriented work by various artists but has a meaning and a purpose: to highlight the interesting relation between the male youth and the fashion industry that has been often overlooked by many, making your visit to Fashion Space Gallery worthwhile.
‘Mad About The Boy’ is open free of charge at Fashion Space Gallery located near Oxford Street until 2nd April, closing this weekend. For more information, visit UAL’s website.