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LACMA to Present Menswear Exhibition

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will present a survey of men’s dress in an exhibition titled “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015.” The show will be on display from April 10-Aug. 21, 2016.

The show will feature 200 looks from LACMA’s permanent collection of costumes and textiles and will examine the association of fashion with femininity. The chosen items will reveal that early fashion trends were informed by what men were wearing as much as women and will highlight the lavish and elegant designs. The exhibit will center around five themes: Revolution/Evolution, East/West, Uniformity, Body Consciousness, and The Splendid Man.

The pieces included in the show will range from the revolutionary’s sans-culottes of the 18th century, to an authentic 1940s zoot suit, to a sequined pinstripe suit from the 1990s.

Sharon Takeda, senior curator and head of LACMA’s Costume and Textiles department, said, “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.”