“The Hoodie” Exhibition Explores Fashion’s Last Truly Political Garment

by MR Magazine Staff

From athletes to celebrities and CEOs, the hoodie is a staple in just about every wardrobe. But it is an object as politically charged as it is omnipresent. The hoodie is a symbol of youth culture, subculture, social inequality, racism, privacy, fear, and style. A new exhibition at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam positions the hoodie as western fashion’s last truly political garment. The exhibition traces the garment’s origins, its popularization by Champion in the 1930s, through to its cultural entanglement with the rise of surveillance culture, police brutality, shifting attitudes to gender identity and expression and the ascension of streetwear. Read more at Highsnobiety.