Online course

Menswear and Masculinities

Wednesday 21 September 2022 - Wednesday 26 October 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

From tailoring to tracksuits, signet rings to speedos, male dress has always been more than sum of its parts. Learn about the shifting meanings of men’s wardrobes by studying the themes and threads that hold their clothes together.

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Dr Benjamin Wild

Course Leader Dr Benjamin Wild

Dr Benjamin Wild is Senior Lecturer in Fashion Communication within Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University. A Cultural Historian, Benjamin’s research, writing and teaching focuses on the themes of identity, legitimacy and marginality and their expression through art and dress.

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Course Overview

Framed by the V&A’s landmark exhibition Fashioning Masculinities and referencing the Museum’s diverse collection of men’s clothing and dress accessories, this course will unpick the social and political threads that hold the male wardrobe together, considering changing attitudes across different cultures and ages, and into the future.

Thematic lectures that focus on suiting, shoes, gemstones, and short shorts will consider how and why attitudes to men’s dress have changed between the Middle Ages and modernity.

Unravelling the complex relationship that men from around the world have with their clothing and appearance, the course will place current menswear trends and debates about masculinities in their social context and explore future possibilities within the menswear industry.


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Online course: Menswear and Masculinities

21 September 2022 - 26 October 2022


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