It’s Reigning Men in L.A.

A major new exhibition at LACMA explores the last 300 years of men’s fashion, from the three-piece suits of 18th-century aristocrats to the Gucci rope thong of the Tom Ford era.

In between, all the Western male archetypes are paid tribute: dandies, flâneurs, military men, mods, bikers, and so on.

Through 200 looks drawn primarily from the museum’s own collection, the show aims to debunk the contemporary association between fashion and femininity, celebrating a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear.

Reigning Men, April 10 – August 21, 2016, LACMA, Los Angeles

Walter Van Beirendonck (2000)


Helmut Lang (2004)

(c. 1820)

shirt by I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet (1966), trousers by Bill Blass (1967)

(c. 1770)

Dries Van Noten (2013)


Johnson Hartig for Libertine (2012)

(c. 1800)

(mid-19th century)

Rudi Gernreich (1974)

(c. 1825)




Walter Van Beirendonck (2013)



Etro (2014)

Musashiya (1952)

(early 20th century)

Marithé + François Girbaud (2006)

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