V&A Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear at the V&A

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear
Saturday 19 March 2022 to Sunday 6 November 2022
Venue: V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A museum launches its landmark 2022 exhibition in March with a look at creativity in men’s fashion and how it reflects on gender.

Expect a detailed, large-scale and sumptuous exploration from the V&A on how designers, tailors and artists have constructed and performed masculinity.

Incredibly it is the V&A’s first ever exhibition that explores men’s fashion, and will put menswear fully under the spotlight featuring over 100 outfits alongside 100 artworks, stretching from the history of lavish fashions in the European courts, to the current explosion of energy and creativity in the current international fashion scene.

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear will feature three themed galleries that place contemporary looks by legendary designers alongside loans and historic treasures from the museum’s archive, plus classical sculpture, Renaissance painting, iconic photographs and film. The first room takes ‘Undressed’ as its theme, and focuses on the male body and underwear; the second room is ‘Overdressed’, exploring the elite masculine wardrobe; and the third room is ‘Redressed’, spanning English country tailoring, the origins of the suit, the influence of military attire and changing attitudes to style.

The show will include looks by Harris Reed, Gucci and Grace Wales Bonner, and outfits worn by Billy Porter, Harry Styles, Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie.

Main image: Jean-Baptiste Belley, by Omar Victor Diop, 2014, Pigment inkjet print on Harman by Hahnemühle paper. Courtesy MAGNIN-A Gallery, Paris. © Omar Victor Diop

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Area: West London
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Underground & Trains: South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District Line)
Buses: C1, 14, 74 and 414
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