Sambas and Stone Island may be ubiquitous at this point, but in England during the 1970s till the 1990s, it was a symbol of camaraderie for many and a calling card to get in a brawl for the most extreme. Casual Culture, sometimes referred to as Terrace Culture, was one of the first and perhaps most iconic football-fashion movements and the theme of a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
As British clubs, such as Liverpool F.C. and Nottingham Forest F.C., began their European success in the late ’70s, many supporter groups came home from away fixtures with sneakers and fits that were months away from appearing in any local shops. “You had youths who didn’t want to identify themselves as particularly from one team,” said Grant Fleming, an East Londoner who was a part of the movement, in an interview with COPA90. “There won’t be sub-cults like that ever again, because nothing has a chance to grow and mutate in a way that an underground scene would,” Fleming added.
Largely ignored by the art and fashion worlds for decades, Art of the Terraces spotlights the Casuals and the influence they had on shaping the football-fashion unison cherished today. Artists such as Turner Prize winners Mark Leckey and Mark Wallinger, along with Leo Fitzmaurice, Pete McKee, Lucy McKenzie, Ross Muir and Dave White present a range of works that defined an era and generation.
The exhibition is on view at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool until March 12.
Walker Art Gallery
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