Tracking high fashion’s historic relationship with UK rave culture

HQ /
Jan 24, 2018 / Culture

A new exhibition exploring the relationship between luxury Italian designer brands and the UK’s underground music scene is opening next week.

Titled Super Sharp, the show will visually plot the appropriation of labels such as Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G by those embedded in British garage and jungle culture. Kicking off at February 1 at the Fashion Space Gallery, London, it’ll feature a range of archived and curated paraphernalia, amassed by Saul Milton of Chase and Status.

“I’ve been collecting and wearing Moschino since 1997/8. Today, I look and dress like I did back then, pony tail, jewellery and tapered, tailored vintage Moschino and reebok classics,” Milton explains. “My collection is largely clothes that you would have seen in the raves and the clubs in the 90’s and early 2000’s. It’s a collection of nostalgia, of times when we appropriated other cultures and twisted and turned them into our own style, our own look. Rudeboy culture was everything and fast forward to 2018, it’s come full circle.”

Super Sharp is showing at the Fashion Space Gallery from February 1 – April 21, 2018. 

Tracking high fashion’s historic relationship with UK rave culture

Club night ‘ Innovation ’ held at Camden Palace, 1996, photograph by Tristan O’Neill.

 

Tracking high fashion’s historic relationship with UK rave culture
Club night ‘ One Nation ’ , September 1997, photograph by Tristan O’Neill.
Tracking high fashion’s historic relationship with UK rave culture
Hyper D at club night ‘ Roast ’ , October 1995, photograph by Tristan O’Neill.
Tracking high fashion’s historic relationship with UK rave culture
Goldie at the ‘VIP Awards’ for Jungle artists, winner of Best Album , 1996.
Tracking high fashion’s historic relationship with UK rave culture
Photograph by Mark Alesky, taken at club night ‘ Thunder & Joy ’ held at RAW , December 1994.

Words by HQ

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