Victoria & Albert Museum spotlights menswear in 2022

The V&A Museum in London has revealed more details about its major menswear exhibition, ‘Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear’, which kicks off next year. Looks will be featured by Harris Reed, Gucci, Grace Wales Bonner, Rick Owens, JW Anderson, Comme des Garçons, Raf Simons, and Craig Green.

Opening in March 2022 and running through November 6, 2022, ‘Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear’ is the first major V&A exhibition celebrating the power, artistry and diversity of masculine clothing and appearance, featuring looks from legendary fashion designers and rising stars alongside historical treasures and acclaimed works of art.

The exhibition presents approximately one hundred looks and one hundred works of art, thematically divided into three galleries (Undressed, Overdressed, and Redressed), showing how men’s clothing has been modeled and recreated over the centuries and how designers, tailors and artists, and their customers and visitors, have constructed and staged masculinity, and have dissected it completely.

Beeld: Harris Reed door Giovanni Corabi; Harris Reed Fluid Romanticism 001

Fashioning Masculinities showcases possible masculinities through the ages, from the Renaissance to the contemporary era, with outfits by famous faces in between. From Harry Styles, Billy Porter and Sam Smith to David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich, highlighting and celebrating the versatility of male self-expression, and dressing beyond the binary.

Undressed explores the male body and underwear in a utopian dreamscape, looking at how classical European ideals of masculinity have been perpetuated and challenged over the centuries.

Image: Wales Bonner by Dexter Lander; Wales Bonner SS15 Africa

The Overdressed gallery takes visitors into the masculine wardrobe of the elite in a “lush, immersive space of courtly grandeur”, featuring oversized silhouettes, opulent materials such as silk and velvet in bold colors, and symbolic patterns to express status, wealth and individuality. to bring.

The final space, Redressed, also highlights how a plethora of mass-produced suits sparked creativity as mods, teddyboys and all sorts of subcultures tried to define their own style through tailored items, which are explored in the exhibition through garments and photography. It also shows how designers like Tom Ford for Gucci and Donatella Versace took their interest in leather to a new place, alongside a range of jackets from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with examples from Prada, Alexander McQueen and Raf Simons.

Beeld: Craig Green door Amy Gwatkin
Beeld: Gucci; Alessandro Michele for Gucci AW15
Beeld: Nicholas Daley door Man Kit Au-Yeung
Image: Rahemur Rahman by Daniele Fummo; Rahemur Rahman, FW19

This article first appeared on FashionUnited.UK, then translated and edited into Dutch by Ilona Fonteijn.

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