V&A will present its first collection of “gender fluid” men’s clothing
The V&A has announced that it will be hosting its first exhibition exploring gender fluidity in men’s fashion throughout history.
Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear will feature looks from top brands like Gucci, classic sculptures, Renaissance paintings, as well as outfits worn by stars like Harry Styles and Sam Smith.
Opened in March, the collection will feature around 100 looks and 100 works of art thematically presented in three galleries, Undressed, Overdressed and Redressed.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is about to present its first collection exploring the fluidity of genres in men’s fashion throughout history. Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear will feature stars of the look, including Harry Styles (left). A photograph of Sam Smith photographed by Alasdair McLellan wearing a Hermes tie collar shirt (right) will be included in the collection
The exhibit will explore androgynous clothing and feature Billy Porter’s pink cape from the 2019 Golden Globes will also be on display.
The portrait of Italian Prince Alessandro Farnese (left), born 1545, wearing a beautiful embroidered cape and hat, will appear alongside an oil canvas portrait of Charles Coote, standing, wearing a pink robe and a feathered hat (right)
Undressed, will explore the male body and underwear, while Overdressed, will examine the “elite male wardrobe”. The third, Redressed, looks back at English country couture and the origins of the costume.
Among the treasures on display is a portrait of the Italian prince Alessandro Farnese, born in 1545, wearing a beautiful embroidered coat and hat. It will be presented alongside an oil canvas portrait of Charles Coote (1610-1661) in a pink dress and feathered hat.
Auguste Rodin’s Bronze Age statue of a life-size naked man will be on display alongside images from Robert Longo’s famous Men in the Cities series, which he exhibited at Metro Pictures in 1981.
The exhibit is sponsored by Gucci and will feature the blue suit from the fashion house’s pre-fall 2019 collection worn by Harry Styles during his induction ceremony at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in New York City in March 2019. .
Billy Porter’s pink cape from the 2019 Golden Globes will also be on display, alongside a photograph of Sam Smith pictured by Alasdair McLellan wearing a Hermes tie-neck shirt.
Theatrical photographs of Omar Victor Diop (right) will be shown alongside a woolen coat, trousers and silk top hat worn in the United States circa 1845-1853 (left )
The collection is sponsored by Gucci and will feature the blue suit from the Italian house’s pre-fall 2019 collection worn by Styles in the brand’s Tailoring campaign and during its Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York in March 2019.
Anglo-American fashion designer Reed is known for his fluid designs and the exhibition will feature outfits from his Fluid Romanticism collection
Alessandro Michele’s red lapel coat for Gucci Fashion Week 2015 collection will be on display in the collection
A clip from Matthew Bourne’s all-male dance performance, New Adventures, will also be featured alongside artwork by David Hockney and photographs by Oscar Wilde, Claude Cahun and Cecil Beaton.
An image of The Teds 1979 album – a documentary photography book detailing the life of the British youth subculture in the 1960s – by Chris Steele-Perkins, will appear.
Coming from the world of haute couture, Alessandro Michele’s red lapel coat for Gucci’s Fashion Week 2015 collection will be presented alongside Orange Culture’s Flower Boy fall / winter 2020 two-piece set.
A clip from Matthew Bourne’s all-male dance show New Adventures (pictured) will also be featured alongside artwork by David Hockney.
Auguste Rodin’s Bronze Age statue (left), depicting a life-size naked man, will be on display alongside images from Robert Longo’s famous Men in the Cities series (right), which he exhibited at Metro Pictures in 1981.
An image from Chris Steele-Perkins’ 1979 book The Teds titled Ted with comb will be in the exhibit
The Orange Culture Flower Boy Fall Winter 2020 two-piece set (left) will be on display as well as clothing from Wales Bonner’s Africa Spring-Summer 2015 collection (right)
As part of the couture-focused show, the exhibit will feature a Nicholas Daley outfit from the Blackwatch collection.
As part of the couture-focused exhibit, the exhibit will feature a Nicholas Daley outfit from the Blackwatch collection as well as clothing from Wales Bonner’s Spring Summer 2015 Africa collection.
“Menswear is experiencing an unprecedented period of creativity,” said exhibition co-curators Claire Wilcox and Rosalind McKever in a statement.
“It has long been a powerful mechanism for encouraging conformity or expressing individuality.”