What are your personal favourite looks and designers from that time era?
SM: Well, considering I’ll be showing a special selection of my 1500 piece vintage Moschino collection in Super Sharp – Moschino has to be number 1 on my list! TBH all my favourite designers from then I still wear today. Versace, Gucci, D&G, Iceberg, Reebok etc. I love the all over print pattern 2/3 pieces and I also like to pair and plain pair of jeans with a loud shirt and vice versa.
The concept of cultural appropriation is a huge topic in fashion now – with the likes of Dapper Dan and Gucci last year for example – what’s your thoughts on this? Is it negative or celebrating a multi-cultural nation?
TT: In the mid-90s British Jungle ravers appropriated Italian designer garments from high fashion and introduced them to the sweaty club environment….
SM: Yes…Fundamentally that is what this is all about and the main premise behind our Super Sharp exhibition. In the 90s, clothes that were made for the catwalks of Milan and Italian high society was appropriated by the streets of London. It became the uniform, the code. We tailored, we coupled with specific footwear and eyewear, we took what was theirs and made our own style out of it. In regards to Dapper Dan & Gucci today – I love it, Dapper Dan has been doing it for decades – the original bootlegger and Gucci are also celebrating old bootleg prints of theirs by releasing them too. It’s like making music, sampling from different places to make something original.