adidas is set to hold a huge 1000 sneaker exhibition next month in England, showcasing adidas' best archival sneakers. The exhibition is special for multiple reasons, but a lot of it has to do with its curator and the location it's being held at.
The showcase is created by none other than Gary Aspden. If you don’t know, Gary is a Northern English local with a serious love and passion for ‘terrace culture.’ He is so in-love with a certain style of The Three Stripes in fact, that adidas actually made him one of their brand consultants as well as the designer and mind behind the SPEZIAL range. For more on that, see Sole Origins episode on UK’s Sneaker scenes.
But what shoes will be on show? The exhibition will present numerous versions of the vintage adidas City Series models, as well as a full archive of the adidas SPEZIAL range.
The next important aspect of the exhibition is its location. Held in the British Textile Biennial in Blackburn, the shoes on display tie in perfectly with the Northern England town. This is because it is in these areas that the SPEZIAL range gained a notable legacy. The 1980s saw the SPEZIAL line being adopted by football fans and the subsequent Casuals culture.
Aspden said in a press release, “I grew up in Darwen and spent most of my formative years in Blackburn. The experiences of my upbringing and youth have always been a source of inspiration for the adidas SPEZIAL range that I design and curate. The creative team who work on SPEZIAL are all from the area so getting involved with the British Textile Biennal whilst supporting Nightsafe seemed a perfect fit.”
The exhibition will be joined by other notable displays from Jacqui McAssey, a photographer who has captured female fans of the English and Scottish Premier Leagues and the English Football League to spotlight their place in the football scene in her ongoing work, “GIRLFANS“
If you happen to be in the United Kingdom between October 4 to October 20, pull in and get clued up about Terrace culture.
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