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Brief Published: 19 Jul 2017

Vexed Generation: Fashioning Resistance

Vexed Generation

Political fashion brand Vexed Generation is making a comeback for Autumn/Winter 2018. The announcement follows the London brand’s inclusion at NY-based retailer Opening Ceremony and Byronesque’s collaborative #FashionPorn pop-up.

The technical clothing outfitter made a name for itself in the mid 90s, with its student founders, Joe Hunter and Adam Thorpe, designing the uniform of the era’s growing political angst. Garments were crafted with the social and environmental challenges of the city in mind. Fleeces came with face masks to protect against air pollution and increasing CCTV surveillance, while parkas were endowed with padded areas that could soften the blow of a police baton.

The duo’s return is timely – with state scepticism and a politicised youth increasingly characterising UK culture of late, fashion brands would do well to consider the nuances of a fragmented society.

For further reading see Instagangs: Design for Purpose, A/W 18/19 Reorder and Brands Take a Stand.