Virgil Abloh is unravelling the rules and regulations of Euro-centric, Western sartorial codes and questioning why we perceive people based on how they’re dressed. This season, for Abloh, is about creating a new vanguard – one that is bold, radical and inclusive.
We’ve long-seen Britain’s gory gang life played out on screen, and even charting in the Top 40. As for books? Not so much, until Gabriel Krauze – once juggling a criminal career and a university degree – released his ultraviolent debut, Who They Was, last year.
With frustration comes fearlessness, if the young, emerging British artists of today are anything to go by. Responding to the politics, protest and pandemic of the past year, THE FACE introduces you to 13 bold and brilliant painters, photographers, filmmakers and sculpturists making British art special.
In 2015, Ben Ditto, Toby Mott and Jamie Reid produced Skinheads: An Archive, a history of one of the most controversial British subcultures of the 20th century. Now, the art director and artist are back with the book’s third edition.
Answer: they all feature in Allan Gardner and Jack Kennedy’s twisted exhibition, He Will Always Be My Son. Exploring fame and social morality, the punk duo’s mixed-media work merges our pop culture obsessions with stark reality.
Artist and Central Saint Martins graduate Stephanie Francis-Shanahan has whipped up the perfect antidote for one helluva crap year: a technicoloured photo book with ravers, dancers, positive messages and felt-tipped butterflies living side-by-side.