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


Red-legged Serlema

Anne stated school today, so for the first time in a long time, I was left to my own devices. Anne had gotten up early this morning and I got up with her. I made coffee, if only so I could have something hot to sip when she came flying out the front door. Shortly after she left, I hopped on my bike and cycled over to Forest Park and the Saint Louis zoo. I arrived not too much after it had opened.

With the area schools already started, the zoo wasn’t very crowded and many of the animals seemed to be just waking up. I caught Kali the polar bear in a big yawn. Many of the animals were eating their breakfasts. Big cat country seemed mired in lethargy. In my long absence the zoo seems to have been productive. Construction of Grizzly Ridge has finished and the new habitat is currently setup to acclimate two new Grizzly bear cubs. The exhibit will open next month. In a more reproductive mode there were two new additions to the zoo’s family, a baby orangutan and black rhino. There was lots to see and I enjoyed my visit. 

Mile 13 on Utah 163

Mile 13 on Utah 163 – Conveniently Marked

This iconic view has been used in many movies. Most iconiclly, at the end of the running sequence in Forest Gump and as the movie poster for Thelma and Louise. You are looking south at the northern extreme of Monument Valley. There were plenty of other people at the top of this rise, including friends of the motorcyclists that is approaching. I have no idea why there is a turnout at the bottom of the hill. Maybe, it for people who missed the shot to turnaround? There is a parking lot just behind me, but we just pulled off onto the shoulder.

We bicycled in Forest Park again today. It being Monday, the bike path was not very crowded, at least compared to the weekend. We detoured from our normal route and took the little loop that goes through Kennedy Forest. Much of that path has been repaved, giving us asphalt that is as smooth as glass. We thought that all work had been completed, but we bumped into a work crew and had to walk our bikes around them. A brook has been installed in the forest. This addition of water will be a big boon to birds in the area. In other news, the city and the Civil War museum reached an agreement about the disposition of the Confederate War memorial. Basically, the museum is going to get the memorial. A crane and work crew were busily dismantling the memorial when we passed by it. Two TV news trucks were also in attendance.