If men’s fashion strikes you as dull and repetitive then the menswear exhibition at Powerhouse Museum may well change your mind. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 is the most significant exhibition of its kind ever assembled and features over 130 garments by the biggest names in the business including: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Vivid colours, bold designs, body-flattering shapes and decorative trimming among fashion items representing three centuries of style challenge the idea that ostentatious show was the sole domain of women.
The exhibition is a cat-walk through history covering the 19th century sartorial marvels of Saville Row, London and the mid-twentieth century “mod” chic of Carnaby Street, as well as the opulence and audacity of aristocrats and nobility throughout the last 300 years.
Much of the exhibition has been sourced from the renowned Los Angeles County Museum of Art; this is a rare, possibly unrepeatable opportunity to see these items outside the USA.
Reigning Men – MAAS
Free entry for this weekend only: June 23 and 24 to Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Museums Discovery Centre and Sydney Observatory (including night at the Observatory).
Across the weekend museum visitors can experience two exciting exhibitions at a discounted price for the weekend: 300 years of men’s fashion history in Reigning Men at the Powerhouse Museum and Mammoths at the Australian Museum.
Free entry 23 – 24 June