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Exchange x Fashion Thinkers: Charles Jeffrey, LOVERBOY

22nd February 2024

Westside Lecture Theatre

About this event
Winchester School of Art and WSA Exchange are pleased to invite you to the first Fashion Thinkers event, which will take place on Thursday 22nd February at 17:30 on the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art Campus. We are delighted to welcome Charles Jeffrey to speak at this event in the Fashion Thinkers series.

About the speaker
“Drawn to the inherent magic in queerness” and inspired by his Scottish heritage, London’s club scene, revolution and resistance, Charles Jeffrey, and his eponymous brand LOVERBOY, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, joyous and original designers working today. He has won numerous awards, dresses a dazzling line-up of style icons, fronts his own band, and has collaborated with some of the most iconic British brands from Wedgewood to Fred Perry.

Characterised by a restless reinvention of tradition, be that tailoring, heritage textiles, including his own LOVERBOY tartan, punk, or the rituals of British folklore, Jeffrey’s clothes function simultaneously as covetable high fashion and expressions of defiance. Fresh from his triumphant Paris showcasing of LOVERBOY’S fall 2024 collection and screening of the film The Curious Case of Moshkirk & Booness, join Professor Jonathan Faiers as he talks to Charles about fashion, ritual, revolution, his influences, his belief in fashion as a force for change and his plans to celebrate the brand’s 10th anniversary.

Fashion Thinkers Series
Fashion Thinkers is a new initiative curated by Professor Jonathan Faiers and the Fashion & Textiles Department at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

Fashion and textiles are central to an understanding of global culture and are one of the most inclusive and effective channels through which today’s most urgent questions can be debated and assumptions challenged.

Fashion Thinkers invites some of today’s most creative, challenging and inspiring designers, artists, curators, writers and makers to discuss what fashion means to them. Instinctually interdisciplinary, inclusive and sustainable, these Fashion Thinkers are united by their belief in the power of clothing and textiles to encourage new ways of thinking, making and being.

Beginning with trailblazing designer and radical Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY on February 22nd, the project continues with Oriole Cullen curator of the V&A’s blockbuster exhibition Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto on 19th March, and on April 25th Nicholas Daley, menswear designer and curator celebrated for his exploration of cultural identities, will be Fashion Thinking at WSA.

Guests can join this event in person at Winchester School of Art Campus, University of Southampton.

We encourage guests who wish to register at your earliest opportunity as spaces are strictly limited.

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