'2026' Utopian Visions of Menswear
As part of Somerset House's 'Utopian Voices Here & Now' programme, Shonagh Marshall has bought together a group of UK-based contemporary artists to present their reading of the Morean dream and give voice to the issues that affect them in the current day.
As a cross-cultural collaboration between British fashion stylist Ibrahim (IB) Kamara, originally from Sierra Leone, and South African photographer Kristin Lee-Moorman, '2026' was conceived to challenge heteronormative attitudes to self-expression through fashion. It imagines what menswear might look like in 10 years’ time through the use of fabrics rescued from rubbish skips and thrift shops in Johannesburg and customised into new garments. Displayed in the Courtyard Rooms, the large-scale prints are suggestive of a more liberated manifestation of masculinity that encourages a freedom of expression.
Dates: 6 July – 29 August 2016
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