Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715–2015

Wednesday 02 May 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018

Explore the history of men's fashionable dress from the 18th century to the present, celebrate a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear, and re-examine the all-too-frequent association of fashion with femininity.

Featuring over 130 garments by renowned menswear designers including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s renowned collection, tracing cultural influences over the centuries, examining how elements of the uniform have shaped fashionable dress, and reveal how cinching and padding the body was, and is, not exclusive to women.

Beginning 18th century, the male aristocrat wore a three-piece suit conspicuous in make and style, and equally as lavish as the opulent dress of his female counterpart. The 19th-century dandy made famous a more refined brand of expensive elegance. The mid-twentieth-century mod relished in the colorful and modern styles of Carnaby Street, and the 21st century man – ultra-chic skinny suit by day and flowered tuxedo by night.

Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and presented by the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

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