Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
26 Jun 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4/10/2016 to 8/21/2016

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 features 200 looks of men’s fashion dating back to the 18th century and continuing to present day.  Five thematic sections of men’s fashion are examined in this exhibition’s 300-year survey—Revolution/Evolution, East/West, Uniformity, Body Consciousness, and The Splendid Man. Frequent illuminating connections between history and high fashion are made throughout the exhibit.  Highlights include a 1940s Zoot suit that took the museum  nearly a decade to locate and a selection of shoes, accessories and textiles that compliment the many examples of men’s fashion.  Over 50 contemporary designers and fashion houses are represented in the exhibition.  The history of menswear has also drawn inspiration from strong anti-authoritarian currents, such as the French Revolution in the 1780s and 90s and the punk movement in the 1970s (and into the 1980s).

Reigning Men takes us on an intriguing 300-year journey of sartorial splendor of aristocrats, dandies, mods, punks, and so many others. Through examples of historical and contemporary ensembles, viewers can encounter the evolving nature of menswear and contemplate the future of men’s fashion. -Sharon Takeda, senior curator and head of LACMA’s Costume and Textiles department.


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