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The United Kingdom

Dates of Visit

28 to 30 November 2018

Purpose of visit

Writer and curator Lou Stoppard visits the Netherlands in the context of The Hoodie, an exhibition and public programme that will take place in 2019 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. The Hoodie, curated by Stoppard, examines the role that the garment plays in culture, fashion and politics. In the exhibition, the historical background and current significance of the both controversial and fashionable 'sweater-with-capuchon', which can be regarded as the last Western political garment, will be discussed.

During her stay in the Netherlands, Stoppard will meet with various staff members of Het Nieuwe Instituut to further develop the exhibition. She will speak with artist and photographer Joke Robaard, employees of the Nederlands Fotomuseum and photographer Ari Versluis (Exactitudes). Stoppard will also visit the Thursday Night Live! programme New Approaches to production and consumption.


Lou Stoppard is a writer, curator and broadcaster. Stoppard worked at fashion platform SHOWstudio from 2011 to 2017, serving as editor. She is a Contributing Editor at GQ and writes regularly for titles including Vogue Paris and The Financial Times. Stoppard is particularly known for her interviews and has conducted written and video conversations with the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Kanye West, Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Sir Paul Smith, Bryan Ferry, David Sims and Peter Lindbergh, amongst many others.

Stoppard also works as a freelance moderator and chair. She regularly collaborates with the V&A on their talks and events programs. She teaches and guest lectures at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion. In 2016, Stoppard curated Mad About The Boy, an exhibition focused on fashion's obsession with and portrayal of the teenage boy. Her latest exhibition explores the influence of the North of England on visual culture and is co-curated with Adam Murray. Stoppard completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, earning a first class BA in History, before moving to Central Saint Martins College to pursue a Master's degree in Fashion Journalism.