The "Reigning Men" Exhibition Arrives In Sydney

The "Reigning Men" Exhibition Arrives In Sydney

The groundbreaking menswear exhibition arrives down under.

The groundbreaking menswear exhibition arrives down under.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

The world's largest men's fashion exhibition, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015, has landed at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. Transferring from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 130 plus-piece exhibition explores the evolution of men's fashion over the past 300 years, connecting high fashion with history.

Senior curator Roger Leong says, “Our museum booked the exhibition when we heard about it while it was still in development, before it even opened in LA. We recognized it was a unique opportunity to showcase something that hadn’t been done to this level before. The sheer quality of the clothes is exceptional, and the variety is also incredible. There are some really rare pieces, like French-revolutionary dress, which is nearly impossible to get your hands on. Even in France, they don’t have pieces like this. There are things like a zoot-suit, which I’d never seen in person. Despite being so legendary, very few exist in public collections.”

Designs featured in the exhibition include the likes of Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and Raf Simons, as well as avant-garde champion Walter Van Beirendonck. “There’s definitely been an evolution of fashion, but rather than chronological, it seems to go forward and back and forward and back and sideways," Leong mentions. "I think the real message to take away from this is that, because it mixes historic and contemporary, a man or a women can come to this exhibition and see the heritage of what they’re wearing today.”

The exhibition is open to the public starting today and runs until October. Don't miss your chance at seeing this fresh, fashion-forward show!

Credits: Photo by Steve Woodburn

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