Mad About The Boy

Launched on 11 May 2016

Mad About The Boy, on display at the Fashion Space Gallery from 8 January to 2 April 2016, explored fashion’s obsession with youth, focusing on the way ideas of the teenage boy are constructed through specific collections and fashion images. It was the first exhibition curated by SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard. Sparked by the success of designers like Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, Raf Simons and Gosha Rubchinskiy – all of whom seem to share a fixation with youth culture – the exhibition set out to examine the tropes and parallels within fashion’s treatment of youth, unpicking the many notions of the young male that feature in fashion’s imagination, from outsider to sexual fantasy to reveller. It presented the work of a variety of designers and image-makers, current as well as select examples from the seventies, eighties and nineties, for whom the boy provides a constant source of inspiration. Testimony about masculinity and youth was also included to shed light on the sense of fluidity and possibility that many associate with teenage years – a time of perceived infinite opportunity, spontaneity and creative freedom.



Tumblr Takeover: Mad About the Boy

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For one week on our Tumblr, Lou Stoppard shares the references and research behind her upcoming exhibition, Mad About The Boy.

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