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Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

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Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Rosalind McEver et al. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2022.

272 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 32 x 25 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781838510114

A visually stunning exploration of how fashion shapes ideas of masculinity At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men’s fashion and reflection on gender, this thought-provoking, richly illustrated book explores how designers, tailors, photographers, and artists—and their clients and sitters—have constructed and performed masculinity and unpicked it at its seams. Fashioning Masculinities first strips things back to consider the naked male body and the continued influence of the classical ideal: the Adonis—enthusiastically reconsidered by successive generations from 18th-century (Grand) tourists to Robert Mapplethorpe, Calvin Klein, and even Captain America. The book then transitions to explore the very opposite—“the peacock.” For centuries men have used clothing to express status, wealth, and individuality. In this section, everything from richly embellished fabrics, shimmering textiles, voluminous cloaks, bulging codpieces, and highly polished armor to Stormzy’s stab vest and Prince’s boots is featured—the uniting factor being that they have all been worn with swagger and defiance. The final section surveys the suit: the three-piece tailored garment that has come to epitomize masculine attire. But for all its homogeneity, the suit has taken on myriad personas, from the historicizing cut of the Teddy Boys and the bold iconoclasm of Alexander McQueen to the creativity of Billy Porter’s “Tuxedo” Oscars gown. Fashioning Masculinities challenges our preconceptions about menswear revealing the fascinating historical roots of the styles we see gracing the sidewalks, catwalks and red carpets of today.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Surveys of Several Periods -- Costume/Fashion -- Decorative Arts and Design --

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