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WG Encyclopedia: LACMA’s The Reigning Men, A Magnificent Exhibit on Men’s Fashion Evolution

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Thrilled. That was how we felt when we had the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles, CA – a few months back – and visited one of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)’s coolest special exhibit called “The Reigning Men”.

Spanning 300 years of fashionable menswear – dated back from the lavish 18th century until the present uber-chic 21st century, the exhibition was totally spot on! The 200 different looks highlighted the connection between history and men’s fashion, and how live events have influenced men’s fashion for centuries. French revolution, the shift of smoking habits (from pipe smoking to cigars and cigarettes), global trade and commerce, cultural exchanges, changing attitude towards animal fur/products, certain motifs and color, etc. – they all play a part in the evolution of menswear. In the mental level, the special exhibit also showed everyone how us men had the same awareness about our physique as our female counterparts, our same high standard with regards to attention to details, and our concern for our appearance. Hey, we all wanna look good!

Obviously, we’re gonna share some of our most favorite ensembles with you. So, check out these awesome images by photographer Satria R. Santoso from Citra West.

WellGroomed LACMA Reigning Men 1
  Suit: Italy, c.1770. Waistcoat: France, c.1770. Sword with Sheath: France, late 18th century
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 Tricolore Vest: France, 1789-94 
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(Left) Designer: Ann Demeulemeester; Belgium. Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014
(Right) Carmagnole Jacket: France, c.1790. Sans-culotte Trousers: France, c.1790
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 Tailcoat: England, c.1840. Vest: France, c.1840. Trousers: England, c.1840 
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Smoking Jacket: United States, 1890s
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Designer: Gaza Bowen; United States. “In God We Trust” Oxfords, 1988
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Designer: Vivienne Westwood; England. Ensemble from the “Cut and Slash” collection. Spring/Summer 1991
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Designer: Johnson Hartig for Libertine; United States. Ensemble: Fall/Winter 2012-13
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Designer: Walter Van Beirendonck; Belgium. Ensemble from the “Shut Your Eyes to See” collection.
Fall/Winter 2013-14
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Designer: Walter Van Beirendonck; Belgium. Ensemble from the “Shut Your Eyes to See” collection.
Fall/Winter 2013-14
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Designer: Vivienne Westwood; England. Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014
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Designer: Yusuke Takahashi for Issey Miyake; Japan. Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014.
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Designer: Tom Ford; United States. Tuxedo Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014
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Designer: Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons; Japan. Ensemble: Fall/Winter 2014-15
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Designer: Ozwald Boateng; England. Ensemble: 2015

Photo by: Satria R. Santoso from Citra West
Special Exhibition by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Special Thanks to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Suzanne A. Saperstein, Michael and Ellen Michelson, the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, Lenore and Richard Wayne, Vickie C. Elson and Stephanie Rosenbloom, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Johnson Hartig, Walter Van Beirendonck, Tom Ford, William F. Erb, Sue Tsao, Eric and Anne Wu,, Wallis Annenberg Director’s Endowment Fund, Eugene Sadovoy, Kitzia and Richard Goodman, Janet Chann and Michael Irwin, George Chann, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, Lenore and Richard Wayne, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

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