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Major menswear exhibition coming to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum

Sophie Smith
12 October 2021

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has announced its latest exhibition, in partnership with Gucci, to celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance.

Titled 'Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear', the showcase will run from 19 March to 6 November 2022. The exhibition will showcase the variety of possible masculinities across the centuries from the Renaissance to the global contemporary.

Approximately 100 looks and 100 artworks will be displayed across three galleries. Contemporary looks by renowned designers and rising stars will be displayed alongside historical treasures from the V&A's collections and landmark loans.

Fashioning Masculinities will include looks from Harris Reed, Gucci, Grace Wales Bonner and Raf Simons. Outfits worn by famous faces will also be featured, including Harry Styles, Billy Porter and David Bowie.

Claire Wilcox and Rosalind McKever, Co-Curators of the upcoming exhibition, said: "Masculine fashion is enjoying a period of unprecedented creativity. It has long been a powerful mechanism for encouraging conformity or expressing individuality. Rather than a linear or definitive history, this is a journey across time and gender.

"The exhibition will bring together historical and contemporary looks with art that reveals how masculinity has been performed. This will be a celebration of the masculine wardrobe and everyone is invited to join in."

Designed by JA Projects, the three galleries will follow the exhibition's Underdressed, Overdressed and Redressed themes.

Described by V&A, Underdressed will explore the male body and underwear in a utopian dreamscape, whilst Overdressed will take visitors into the the masculine wardrobe in an immersive space with courtly grandeur.

The third section, Redressed, will explore the construction and dissolution of the suit, with the urban design conveying the idea of an urban awakening.

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