Get Lit: Reigning Men, Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015

Get Lit: Reigning Men, Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015

The beautifully-bound coffee table book charts menswear's progression from the effeminate silk and velvet ensembles of the 1730's to the rough and aggressive leathers of the 1970's punks.

The beautifully-bound coffee table book charts menswear's progression from the effeminate silk and velvet ensembles of the 1730's to the rough and aggressive leathers of the 1970's punks.

Text: Christina Cacouris

The art world has generally paid little-to-no attention to menswear as a whole, usually foregoing male garments for elaborate women's dress (when was the last time you saw a suit at the Met's Costume Institute?)—but luckily, last year Los Angeles's LACMA devised an entire exhibition dedicated solely to the art of menswear through the ages, complete with a beautiful coffee table book.

Reigning Men, Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015 charts 300 years of menswear, from the elaborate, sometimes effeminate silk and velvet ensembles of the 1730s, to the rough and aggressive heavy leathers of the 1970s punks, culminating with the clean-cut, tailored 90's-style slimming suits. For anyone interested in the history of fashion, this book is a must-have, charting out every major evolution of style for the often-ignored male markets.

Get a copy of the book now, and if you happen to be in the St. Louis area in the next month, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015 is currently on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum until September 17.

Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF THE LACMA

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