The answer is a resounding yes. The title of the exhibition nods to both hierarchical order in the period before industrialisation as well as the popular culture and music that defines fashion today. Three hundred years ago the suit began to be worn by well to do gentlemen in polite company and the professions. It had knee breeches and a waistcoat of silk or satin. But the suit could also be worn with a twist. Read more: The story of
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W hen he was studying at Central Saint Martins, London, in the late 00s, Craig Green wrote his dissertation on the adoption of gay style subcultures by straight men. In the preceding decades, perfumed dandies, dilly boys, mods, skins, clones , new romantics, scallies , fierce vogueing divas and muscle Marys had all been sieved out of their natural habitat on to the high street for brief moments of mass consumption. But by the time Green — currently reigning menswear designer of the year at the British fashion awards — was weighing up his thesis, things had changed. A reciprocal shared wardrobe, common across menswear emerged.
Men in crop tops. In among all the couplegoals engagement pics from your old school friends and endless meme shitposts, there are some interesting things left on the timeline. Throughout Pride season for instance, there was a mini revival of the crop top, pushed by fast-fashion retailers alongside short shorts and everything glitter.
Are you curious why Brad Pitt, to promote his new film, dyed his crew cut so blond that even his hairdresser is scratching his head? Well, how about that guy you see in the locker room, changing out of his Prada lace-ups, Hugo Boss flat-front pants and Paul Smith dress shirt and cuff links into a muscle T-shirt and Adidas soccer shorts. Does he wear that wedding ring because he was married in New York -- or in Massachusetts? Or those two something guys walking in the park in pastel oxford-cloth shirts and khakis, collars turned up and cuffs rolled, one of them pushing a stroller?