Reigning Men


I didn’t have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by the current exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum, entitled Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015. This show is composed of 150 mannequins dressed in fashionable menswear from the past three centuries. My selection of photos from the exhibit skews towards the modern, but the full show adequately portrays all periods. Dress is arranged by type, grouping similar wear across the centuries together. The following list details the menswear in each of the photos:

  1. Ensemble from the Revolution collection, Walter Van Beirendonck, 2000
  2. Johnson Hartig, 2009; Zoot Suit, 1940; New Era by Jeremy Scott, 2013
  3. 1720 French at-home robe; 1880 English after dinner wear; unisex caftan, Rudi Gernreich, 1970
  4. Fastskin XZR Racer swimsuit, Speedo, 2008; thong swimsuit, Tom Ford, 1997; The Thong swimsuit, Rudi Gernreich, 1974; Topper swimsuit, Jantzen, 1935
  5. Sapeur Suit, Italy, 2005; Ensemble from the Lust Never Sleeps collection, Walter Van Beirendonck, 2012; Ensemble, Ozwald Boateng, 2013

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