To lots of men, the idea of a "stylist" is deeply confusing. For some, it's synonymous with "wife", "girlfriend" or (whisper it) "mum", while for the fractionally more enlightened it might conjure images of Gok Wan poking a bony finger into a spongy thigh. Heroically, a new show at The Photographer's Gallery in London, which looks at the 25-year career of legendary menswear stylist Simon Foxton, proves that it is more of an art form than many might have realised.
When You're A Boy looks at three of Foxton's key working relationships - with photographers Nick Knight, Jason Evans and Alasdair McLellan - and showcases the fashion shoots they created for magazines including i-D and 10 (alongside Foxton's rather risqué sketchbooks). The fact that the works have a sense of continuity despite the photographers' very different styles is testament to Foxton's eye, and his playful exploration of colour, streetwear and gay subculture is visible throughout.
When You're A Boy: Men's Fashion Styled By Simon Foxton is on from now on until 4 October at The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1, www.photonet.org.uk
Above: From "Hey There Fancy Pants", photographed by Jason Evans, styled by Simon Foxton. Published in i-D, May 2004
Below: From "Strictly", photographed by Jason Evans, styled by Simon Foxton. Published in i-D, July 1991