Critical Studies in Men's Fashion.
Volume 9, Number 2, 1 August 2022
New Perspectives on Men's Underwear
This article interrogates the positioning of socks as a culturally transgressive garment by football casuals through a case study of the British Sock Fetish Council (BSFC). While most studies contextualize casuals within a discourse of hooliganism and violence, their use of dress as a means of negotiating shared masculine identities remains under-researched. Founded in 2011, the BSFC quickly grew to over 1000 card-carrying members, holding meets at Newcastle, Manchester, and London, as well as at football matches throughout the United Kingdom. Within the BSFC, the term ‘fetish’ is not used to denote a sexual predilection by an almost entirely heterosexual community. Instead, it acknowledges the members’ obsession with clothing and highlights the sub-textual tensions inherent in their individual and collective practices. The author was an active participant within the BSFC, witnessing first-hand the community’s development through the online dissemination of highly constructed, self-generated imagery, featuring colourful, patterned socks juxtaposed with rare trainers. This article explores the self-reflexive use of social media to construct group practices and provides insights into how socks were instrumental in establishing consensus on inclusive and hybrid masculine identities within this community.
UNDERCOVER: FROM NECESSITY TO DEBRIS, THE POLLUTION OF FACE COVERINGS DURING COVID-19
Undercover: from Necessity to Debris, The Pollution of Face Coverings During COVID-19.
Undercover documents 365 discarded face coverings found and photographed in the streets during 2020/21. It acts as both an archive of highly disposable material culture and as a reflection on the environmental impact of our response to COVID-19.
Hardback. 372 pages 330mm ×280mm Published in 2022 by Westminster Menswear Archive.
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C.P. Library catalogue
In October 2021, the Westminster Menswear Archive presented a companion exhibition to the official C.P. Company Cinquanta retrospective held in Darwen, Lancashire, as part of the British Textile Biennial.
The Westminster Menswear Archive catalogue features images of several of the objects on display in Darwen Library, an article about the Portrait Youth photographic project, an essay by Prof Andrew Groves, and paintings by Adil Amin, a Blackburn-based artist who depicts local young Asian males dressed in C.P. Company.
Paperback. 24 pages 297mm x 210mm. 11 colour photographs. Published in 2021 by Westminster Menswear Archive.
C.P. COMPANY 971-021. AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF ITALIAN SPORTSWEAR
C.P. COMPANY 971-021. AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF ITALIAN SPORTSWEAR. Featuring an introduction by Prof Andrew Groves.
The first monograph dedicated to the legendary clothing brand, founded by Massimo Osti 50 years ago. Through the personal stories and outfits of 50 passionate fans of the brand from across different generations and parts of the world, this epic 438-page book “informally” tells the story of the pioneering of an entirely new way of designing and wearing casual clothes: Italian sportswear.
Paperback. 438 pages 300mm x 230mm. Published in 2021 by Idea Books.
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INVISIBLE MEN: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE WESTMINSTER MENSWEAR ARCHIVE
The official catalogue for the 2019 Exhibition
Invisible Men: An anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive.
Drawing exclusively from the Westminster Menswear Archive this exhibition explores the invisibility of menswear due to its intrinsic design language that concentrates on the reiterations of archetypal garments intended for specific functional, technical or military use. It illustrates how designers have disrupted this through minimal, yet significant modifications to produce outcomes that both replicate and subvert their source material.
Exhibition Catalogue. Paperback. 32 pages 297mm x 210mm. 15 colour photographs. Published in 2019 by Westminster Menswear Archive.
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