Men’s fashion through the ages: V&A organizes its first exhibition of men’s fashion

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – From baggy 18th-century shirts to the blue Gucci suit worn by singer Harry Styles, London’s V&A museum is hosting its first exhibition dedicated to menswear.

Launching on March 19, “Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear” looks at men’s fashion from different centuries, highlighting designers, tailors and artists.

On display are underwear – vintage and contemporary, lace and bubble wrap ensembles and numerous costumes.

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Among the designer items are an intricately embroidered black Dolce & Gabbana cape, an embellished green Fendi couture dress, a pink Thom Brown suit with ball shoes and a Gucci dress that Styles wore for a cover of Vogue magazine. .

Alongside the outfits are pictures, paintings and sculptures.

“We wanted to do an exhibition on men’s fashion because we wanted to celebrate its diversity from historical to contemporary and the approach of the show was to look at both fashion and art,” said Claire Wilcox, curator principal of fashion at the V&A, mentioned.

“We begin…with a male body and how it has been shaped and shaped over the years. We move on to the middle section, which deals with the exuberance of men’s fashion from the 18th century to the present day…then the final section we look at the costume, how it was straightened, dissolved, remade and how (its) language…continues to the present day.”

The Gucci dress worn by Styles was among the outfits that sparked viral moments online, including a black Christian Siriano tuxedo ball gown worn by “Pose” actor Billy Porter. Another Porter outfit on display is a gray Randi Rahm suit and embroidered cape with hot pink lining.

The exhibit also features outfits seen on famous names like Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie and Sam Smith as well as a shiny black Haider Ackermann suit worn by actor Timothee Chalamet at the premiere of the sci-fi film ‘Dune’ .

“Contemporary menswear is in a position of great strength right now,” Wilcox said.

“They draw on a wide availability of ideas, fabrics and concepts and young designers such as Edward Crutchley, Harris Reed, Grace Wales Bonner… really use the catwalk to challenge assumptions about what is a male dress and what is not.

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Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Written by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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