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  • SuperSharp|Garage Girls: Moschino Graphic printed denim outfits |Photograph portrays exhibition space with metal frame walls hanging the two- piece denim outfits

    Super Sharp |Exhibition View: Garage Girls- Moschino Graphic Printed Denim Outfits |Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp| Moschino Graphic printed down jacket| Photograph depicts moschino printed down jacket suspended in a metal frame by wire

    Super Sharp | Exhibition view: Moschino Graphic Printed Down Jacket| Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp| Exhibition installation view: Moschino Graphic printed shirts| Photograph portrays long walkway of length of exhibition space with installations either side of garments

    Super Sharp | Exhibition Installation View: Moschino Graphic Printed Shirts| Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp| Bravado: Display of 90

    Super Sharp | Exhibition View: Bravado- Display of 90's Jungle Rave Photograph's| Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp| Exhibition Display of rude boy fashion book| Photograph depicts perspex top display case displaying rude boy book open

    Super Sharp | Exhibition Display: 'rude boy fashion' book| Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp| Exhibition display close up of Moschino denim outfit and down jacket| Photograph portrays on the left of image the side of a Moschino printed down jacket and a red denim jacket outfit

    Super Sharp | Exhibition View: Close up of Moschino Denim Outfit and Down Jacket| Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp| Exhibition window display: blue sky print outfit of shirt and trousers| Photograph taken looking through window with black graphic vinyl of exhibition title and lit up blue sky printed outfit

    Super Sharp | Exhibition window display: Blue Sky Print- Outfit of shirt and trousers| Photography by Katy Davies

  • SuperSharp|Photograph courtesy of Mark Alesky with white capitalised italic text | Lead Graphic depicts a photograph of two women and a man wearing glasses wearing shirts that portrayed a dense graphic pattern

    Super Sharp |Photograph courtesy of Mark Alesky with white capitalised italic text | Lead Graphic

Super Sharp

1 February – 21 April 2018

Super Sharp explored the appropriation of Italian designer brands in the underground music scenes of Jungle and UK Garage. Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G are examples of labels that ruled the dance floor in the nineties. Moschino, in particular, became synonymous with the look associated with that era. This exhibition draws from an extensive archive amassed by DJ and producer Saul Milton, which also forms the core of the wider series of exhibitions RTRN II JUNGLE.

Recently, there has been a revival of interest in the music, style and culture of that time. Even though Jungle and UK Garage took place before the emergence of the Internet, their history is extensively documented online. However, the overlap between their style and the various times there was a revived interest in the music, has meant that a blurry nostalgic image of the time has emerged.

This exhibition addressed this by highlighting the voices of people who were actually there at the time, such as Goldie, Fabio & Grooverider, Bushkin, Skibadee, Navigator and PJ & Smiley, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and MC Nyke. Their personal memories shed light on why designer clothing was first embraced by Jungle ravers and then made famous by UK Garage. By combining the music, testimonials and the original garments, it revealed why high-end Italian labels were so important to the cultural and style history of both genres.

 

Super Sharp and the wider series RTRN II JUNGLE  are curated by Tory Turk, and jointly conceived with Saul Milton and commissioned by Ligaya Salazar.

Graphic Design by Lucy May Design

Exhibition Design by Steven Legget

Build by Robin Shepherd

The second iteration of the Fashion Space Gallery’s Super Sharp exhibitionSuper Sharp Reloadedis taking place at Selfridges from 09.08.2018 – 06.09.2018.