14 October 2023 – 28 April 2024

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow

Three new NHOTB & RAD fashion lines are unveiled by creative directors Beagles & Ramsay.

At the heart of NHOTB & RAD at GoMA is a select group of couture pieces presented on a fractured catwalk. Textures and materials include luxurious British wool with finely embroidered motifs, which is contrasted with sharply cut stainless steel necklaces and accessories. The centrepiece is a two-metre-tall intricately wrapped geometric ball gown.

A minimalist carpet-tile-clad boutique houses the Holding Pattern capsule collection of city office wear, laser cut in timeless charcoal grey with subtle contrast stitching. Signature pieces include the Dash Dress with elongated arrow arms to delineate the body with a fresh, starkly geometric profile.

A second pop-up boutique showcases the Zero collection of hybrid sports-workwear. A range of durable and strikingly colourful technical fabrics are finished with bold fluorescent stitching and angular pockets. Sharply defined silhouettes, fused with utilitarian forms characterise garments such as the Cipher Hoodie & the Null Sweat.

Here, in the heart of Glasgow’s shopping and business district, Beagles & Ramsay explore the politics and tensions within fashion, consumerism and the workplace. The gallery is filled with clothing, accessories and over 80 life-size mannequin-style figures sculpted from recycled office furniture and reclaimed display materials. Each of these somewhat battered flat-pack bodies is unique in its design, materiality and attitude. Some of these figures are modelling the wares, whilst many others have become bored and unruly consumers.

A catalogue was published to accompany this exhibition. 136 pages, full colour illustrations throughout.

Supported by Glasgow Museums, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art

Photos by Matt Barnes and Beagles & Ramsay