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:
- Ensemble from the Revolution collection, Walter Van Beirendonck, 2000
- Johnson Hartig, 2009; Zoot Suit, 1940; New Era by Jeremy Scott, 2013
- 1720 French at-home robe; 1880 English after dinner wear; unisex caftan, Rudi Gernreich, 1970
- Fastskin XZR Racer swimsuit, Speedo, 2008; thong swimsuit, Tom Ford, 1997; The Thong swimsuit, Rudi Gernreich, 1974; Topper swimsuit, Jantzen, 1935
- Sapeur Suit, Italy, 2005; Ensemble from the Lust Never Sleeps collection, Walter Van Beirendonck, 2012; Ensemble, Ozwald Boateng, 2013
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.
In just a few days, on Monday, August 21st, the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 will occur. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the continental US and the path of totality runs coast-to-coast. Our house is on the edge of totality, but we will likely journey 50 miles south to get to the center of the path of totality and thereby lengthen the period of totality. With the many area interstates (I-44, I-55, I-64 and I-70) that cross the path of totality, there are plenty of options. The forecast for Monday has improved. Rain was taken out of the forecast, and it now sits at sunny, turning to partly cloudy at about the time of the eclipse. I’ll likely wait until Monday morning, before choosing which direction to go and pick the direction that has the best forecast.
A ten-pack of those special solar eclipse glasses arrived yesterday. I had waited too long and had to purchase a more expensive product than I would have if I had acted more promptly. Mister Bill is coming south for the event and Anne is taking the day off. Weather permitting, it should be a great time. One could say that it is a once in a lifetime event, except that this will not be my first rodeo. The photos are from 1979, the last time a total eclipse passed over the USA. I however, flew north to Canada. I hope to get better pictures this time around.