Los Angeles, April 10, 2016 – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) opens its latest fashion exhibit to the public today. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of ‘fashion’ with ‘femininity’.
Beginning with the 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 which became the hallmark of Savile Row. The mid-twentieth-century mod relished in the colorful and modern styles of Carnaby Street, and the 21st century man—in an ultra-chic skinny suit by day and a flowered tuxedo by night—redefines today’s concept of masculinity.
“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, Sr. Curator and Head of LACMA’s Costume and Textiles
Drawing primarily from LACMA’s renowned collection, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. The exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was, and is, not exclusive to women. The exhibition features 200 looks, and celebrates a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear.
The exhibit showcases well-known designers including Pierre Cardin, Walter Van Beirendonck, Yves Saint Laurent, Phillip Lim, Rudi Gernreich, and Jeremy Scott. The exhibit runs from April 10 – August 21, 2016. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children 17 and under.