Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s renowned collection, the exhibition explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th-century to the present.
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Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 (June 25 through Sept. 17) Zoe Perkins and Genevieve Cortinovis Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 opens in June. The exhibition, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th century to the present and re-examines the equation of fashion with femininity. Drawing primarily from LACMA’s renowned collection, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. The exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was, and is, not exclusive to womenswear. The exhibition features more than 100 looks, and celebrates a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear. The St. Louis presentation of Reigning Men is curated by Zoe A. Perkins, textile conservator, and Genevieve Cortinovis, assistant curator.