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|11 May|4 mins

Why you need to visit the Reigning Men exhibition at the Powerhouse

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Matt Coyte
11 May
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The Reigning Men exhibition (at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from May 2) looks at the history of menswear throughout the ages in the hopes of defining the modern concept of masculinity. If you’re interested in menswear, this is a must see, but if you wanted any more reason to check out this fresh exhibition, here are a few arguments why you should pay the Powerhouse a visit.

Advice
|11 May|4 mins

Why you need to visit the Reigning Men exhibition at the Powerhouse

Need a little style inspiration?
Matt Coyte
11 May
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The Reigning Men exhibition (at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from May 2) looks at the history of menswear throughout the ages in the hopes of defining the modern concept of masculinity. If you’re interested in menswear, this is a must see, but if you wanted any more reason to check out this fresh exhibition, here are a few arguments why you should pay the Powerhouse a visit.

Men’s fashion matters.

Men’s fashion often gets overlooked when it comes to history. This exhibition, developed by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, seeks to treat dude-fash seriously and features 130 outfits worn by aristocrats, dandies, mods, punks, metrosexuals and more.

It’s a rare chance to see top designers’ menswear.

A lot of the big fashion houses often create lavish, more ostentatious menswear that never makes it to Australian stores. Reigning Men features renowned menswear designers including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.

See how uniforms influenced menswear.

Menswear is often influenced by practical requirements, and Reigning Men draws parallels between military uniforms and the formal-wear of today, but also shows that historically, menswear featured a lot of the elements that we equate with women’s clothing – cinched waists and ruffles anyone?

There are special Aussie ambassadors attached to the show.

Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela, architects Kelvin Ho and William Smart, and Western Sydney University welfare officer Isaac Kisimba are among 11 Australian "reigning men" appointed as ambassadors for the exhibition.

Get inspired at the Powerhouse and find your new menswear.

Matt Coyte
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