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)
shirt by I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet (1966), trousers by Bill Blass (1967)
Dries Van Noten (2013)
Johnson Hartig for Libertine (2012)
Rudi Gernreich (1974)
Walter Van Beirendonck (2013)
(early 20th century)
Marithé + François Girbaud (2006)