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Subcultures: Then and Now - 25 years of Streetstyle

Model Iris sitting crossed legged on the floor outside a metal shop front. Photo by Olivia Rose.
Model Iris sitting crossed legged on the floor outside a metal shop front. Photo by Olivia Rose.
Model Iris sitting crossed legged on the floor outside a metal shop front. Photo by Olivia Rose.
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Internal Communications
Published date
28 October 2019

London College of Fashion, UAL announces Subcultures: Then and Now, the College's annual theme which launches on Thursday 14 November with a programme of exciting interventions for staff, students and the public. The launch marks the 25th anniversary of the seminal V&A exhibition Streetstyle: From Sidewalk to Catwalk (1994) and its subsequent influence on the documenting of subcultural fashion.

Throughout the launch week, you are invited to get involved in a range of activities and opportunities, including symposia, film screenings, physical and online exhibitions and podcasts, all responding to the theme of Subcultures, Then and Now.

Following the launch, a comprehensive programme of activity has been scheduled across the year until July 2020, with opportunities for the public, UAL staff and students as well as east London school and community groups. The programme will focus on engaging and nurturing creative talent, through MA Collaborative Units for LCF students, activity days, workshops and themed after-school clubs for youth audiences in east London, all of which will explore modern-day subcultural style. Screenings of specialist music and subcultural films will run across the year, which culminates in a finale event in London's West End.

Programme of events:

Main image: Olivia Rose (BA (Hons) Fashion Photography)


Streetstyle, From Sidewalk to Catwalk (1994) was co-curated by Amy de la Haye (Joint Director of Centre for Fashion Curation, UAL). Focusing on the alternative dressing of subcultures, from punk to B-Boys, Streetstyle, From Sidewalk to Catwalk which opened in 1994 at the V&A, signified the first exhibition of its kind celebrating the style tribes who challenged the status quo and changed the face of fashion.