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Throughout history, men’s fashion has been

a compass of direction for style trend setting.

From ancient to contemporary times,

there has been distinct periods during which

menswear has gloried in “peacock” display.


Celebrating menswear design of the

flamboyant, avant-garde, revolutionary and style-making

the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

hosts a new show entitled:

Reigning Men:  Fashion in Menswear 1715 – 2015


from then, to now

lacma, reigning men, latfusa.com

(image from latfusa.com)


This exhibition traces the development of singular elements of men’s fashion.

It is an intricate examination of menswear

beginning with the opulence of 18th century dress:

jacket, long waistcoat, knee breeches;

and culminating with study of the innovative genius

of leading contemporary menswear designers:

Yohji Yamamoto, Hedi Slimane,

Thom Browne, Walter Van Beirendonck and more.


18th century men’s dress

shirt with ruffled collar/sleeves

to the knee brocade jacket

matching long-length waistcoat and breeches

mens fashion, 18th century, vam.ac.uk

(image from vam.ac.uk)

It’s a groovy kind of thing!

outfit by

by Belgian designer, Walter Van Beirendonck

for a/w  2001

lacma, reigning men Walter Van Beirendonck outfit, a_w 2001

(image from lacma.org)

Showcased are 200 looks which serve to highlight

the five specific subject areas which serve as foci of the exhibition:

Revolution and Evolution

East and West


Body Consciousness

The Splendid Man

Given, that in current fashion vernacular

menswear is translated into a dress directive adopted by all

this exhibition is of much import and relevance:

a definite must-see.

lacma, reigning men, daily trojancom

(image from dailytrojan.com)

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015

10 April to 21 August 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, California


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