Return of the Rudeboy

Return Of The Rudeboy At Somerset House

Somerset House celebrates Rudeboy culture in style…

Somerset House is currently playing host to the Return of the Rudeboy, a photography and installation exhibition running until August the 25th. The event will celebrate the sartorial subculture and all its idiosyncrasies. Closely connected to Jazz and American R&B, the style was initially donned by young males on the streets of Kingston Jamaica. Throughout the years the subculture has influenced many musicians, particularly throughout the 1980s, reaching commercial heights due to the likes of The Specials and Madness. Still prevalent on the streets today, Rudeboy culture is distinctly displayed throughout this exhibition. The celebratory event will also showcase two films, ‘Rockers’ featuring Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, and ‘The Harder They Come’ featuring Jimmy Cliff. The later of the two includes a Q&A session with the legendary DJ and director Don Letts.

Photographer Dean Chalkley, who has snapped the likes of Jay Z, Lilly Allen, Noel Gallagher and Amy Winehouse, will be presenting the culmination of a years work displaying contemporary Rudeboys of London in all their glory. Along with the photographs will be an immersive listening experience, where the featured subjects’ chosen playlists will act as a soundtrack to the experience. In true limited addition attention to detail Rudeboy style, luggage manufacturer Alstermo and box maker Kitty Farrow will showcase bespoke briefcases and hat boxes. To top things off, a pop up grooming station will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays for hair and beard trims.

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For more information visit the Somerset House website here