REIGNING MEN is the largest exhibition of men’s fashion ever assembled and it traces a new story of men’s dress from 1730 to the present day. Join Reigning Men’s writer, Peter McNeil, for a look behind the scenes at the beauty and surprise of men and their fashions. From West Indies transparent cotton suits of the 18th century to genderless clothing of the 1960s, the lecture reveals a history of men in fashion and fashion in men. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015, the exhibition, comes from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to MAAS, Sydney from May 2018 – October 2018.
PETER McNEIL is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney and Distinguished Professor, Aalto University, Finland. He is the author of numerous publications including many works on fashion, including the best-selling Shoes, also translated into Italian (with Giorgio Riello 2006; 2011). McNeil was a contributing writer to the catalogue of Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2016. His new book entitled Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World is forthcoming with Yale University Press in 2018.
Tail Coat, United States of America, circa 1825 Linen plain weavecollection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (AC1992.17.3), Costume Council Curatorial Discretionary Fund