Just Kids is a memoir by legendary artist Patti Smith, documenting her first movements in New York. AJ Bradley was inspired by this tome and the romantic bohemian lifestyle the author shared with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The Hungry Years is a collection that pays homage to a golden time for artists like Smith and Mapplethorpe in the 1970s. “The 1970s held hope and opportunities forged by the bold few who would live a life of rejection, struggle, and poverty,” explained Bradley.
With an all round bohemian feel and bohemian styling the collection has a colour palette and stitching detail indicative of the time. Exploring the culture of an epochal time in American music, literature, and photography The Hungry Years possessed 1970s nostalgia and hints at a beatnik subculture.
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