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Before Banksy and Blek le Rat , in a heady era of 80s street art, a new counterculture hit New York City. Their brand of guerrilla art heralded social activism through street culture. The East Village art movement was spurred on by a new version of creative mass media, using concrete as their blank canvas. Whilst its better-known members, such Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat , have become art icons, a new London exhibition shows the complete works of Richard Hambleton, the last surviving member of the gang.
Inspired by the concept of exploring and celebrating the human body through a unique combination of fashion and moving image, The Fashion Body was first commissioned to feature as part of the 2009 exhibition SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution .