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

Duration: 1 hour
7 July 2-3pm, 22 July 2-3pm, 26 August 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 Sunday 26 August, please join us for a special tour co-hosted by Hilary Davidson. 

The early nineteenth century was a time of radical change for menswear, creating a legacy that endures today. Hilary Davidson will explore menswear innovations on display in Reigning Men based on research for her forthcoming book on Regency fashion.

Hilary Davidson

Hilary Davidson is a dress and textile historian and curator. After many years working in England, including being curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London, she is currently based in her native Sydney where she continues to lecture, teach and publish in her field. Hilary is a doctoral student at La Trobe, Melbourne, an honorary associate at the University of Sydney, a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary, and teaches dress history in Australia and internationally. Her major book on Regency clothing in the British world will be published in 2019 by Yale University Press, building on research into clothing belonging to Jane Austen. Hilary trained as a bespoke shoemaker and has sewn for over thirty years. She brings high technical expertise in material culture to the study of dress history, complementing her extensive theoretical knowledge of how and why people wear clothes, and what it means when they do. Using reconstructions of historical dress, and studying objects in depth has led to her ongoing appreciation of the role of body knowledges in understanding dress.

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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