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
(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
(image from vam.ac.uk)
It’s a groovy kind of thing!
by Belgian designer, Walter Van Beirendonck
for 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
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.
(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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