Inside the Fashioning Masculinities exhibition

Produced as part of Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

On now until Sunday, 6 November 2022

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Take a look inside the first major V&A exhibition to celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance. At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men's fashion and reflection on gender, 'Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear' explores how designers, tailors and artists have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities.
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

★★★★ – This mammoth attempt to cover the history of men's fashion from 1500 to today is lavish and joyful...

Evening Standard
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

★★★★ – The second room, 'Overdressed', is a statement of flamboyance, opulence and colour, with incredible embroidered cloaks, intricate Baroque portraits and an Italian restyling of a Chinese dragon court robe.

Time Out
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

★★★★ – The V&A's new show is a comprehensive and often surprising overview of what 'menswear' actually means now and how far it's come.

The Telegraph
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Perhaps the most exciting thing about menswear in this moment is its breadth of self-expression, be it political and/or flamboyant, sexy and/or glamorous, strong and/or fluid, or any various combination of those themes.

Financial Times
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

From the start, this exhibition makes it clear that menswear is more than just suits. It's linen shirts with billowing sleeves, it's spandex binders, it's jackets embroidered with eggshells and dramatic, corseted gowns.

Time Out
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

..confronting and celebratory, it's an exhibition that leaves you wanting more, excited to see where a new age of menswear and the celebrities championing it might lead us. ★★★★

The Independent
Waistcoat, about 1730s, on loan from Fashion Museum Bath. Photo Jamie Stoker. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walking out, I was all but peeling my black polo neck off to grab the most flamboyant frills, filled with optimism for the future.

Evening Standard Magazine
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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