Curator Tour - Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015

Duration: 1 hour
7 July 2-3pm, 22 July 2-3pm, 6 October 2-3pm Powerhouse Museum Book Tickets

Join us for an exclusive curator tour of Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 and explore the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th century to the present. Senior Curator Roger Leong will provide fascinating insights into the exhibition’s creation, curation and garments.

On July 22nd, please join us for a special tour co-hosted by Peter McNeil, Distinguished Professor in Design History, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney.

Peter McNeil

Peter McNeil FAHA is a major figure in art, fashion and design history with an extensive record of publishing and public speaking. His global research has been recognized by the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2013) and the Academy of Finland: Distinguished Professor award (2014). He has been nominated to the International Committee of the History of Artthe ‘Olympics’ of Art History.

Described as the world’s greatest expert on 18th-century men’s dress, his reach extends to design culture generally from 1700 to the present day, combining a sophisticated theoretical approach alongside a very pragmatic, empirical understanding of objects themselves. His work has been praised in The New York TimesThe Guardian, and The Observer. He is popular speaker in Australia and overseas, having delivered the AGNSW Learning Curve lectures as well as being an ADFAS Australian lecturer. He is regularly sought after for interview, including ABC/Margaret Throsby.

Reigning Men:Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015

Featuring over 130 garments by renowned menswear designers including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, Reigning Men makes fascinating connections between history and high fashion. Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s renowned collection, the exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries.

Beginning with the 18th century, the male aristocrat wore a three-piece suit, equally as lavish as the opulent dress of his female counterpart. The 19th-century “dandy” made a more refined brand of expensive elegance popular, which became the hallmark of Savile Row, London’s celebrated street of bespoke tailors. The mid-twentieth-century “mod” relished in the colorful and modern styles of Carnaby Street, and the 21st century man – in an ultra-chic “skinny suit” by day and a flowered tuxedo by night – redefines today’s concept of masculinity.

This exhibition was organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and presented by the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

Please note, this exhibition includes works that are protected under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013. MAAS is an approved borrowing institution under the PCOL Act. For more information please see our Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan page.


Child (4–16 years)Free
MAAS Member AdultFree
MAAS Member ChildFree

Tickets include general admission as well as Reigning Men exhibition entry.

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