Menswear and Masculinities

Weekend course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

By 2020, the global menswear industry is expected to be worth $33 billion. Referencing the V&A’s diverse collection of men’s clothing and dress accessories, this Weekend Course will unpick the social and political threads that hold the male wardrobe together, considering changing attitudes across the ages and into the future.

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Portrait of Course Leader Dr Benjamin Wild, FRHistS

Course Leader
Dr Benjamin Wild, FRHistS

Dr Benjamin Wild, FRHistS, is a consultant lecturer at Sotheby’s. He has published widely on the subject of fashion and material culture. Benjamin’s book A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton was published by Thames & Hudson, February 2016. From Carnival to Cosplay: A History of Fancy Dress Costume is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic.

I thoroughly enjoyed the quality, content and range of objects explored in the weekend courses. 2015/16 course student

Course overview

Thematic lectures that focus on suiting and shoes, cutting and colours will consider how and why attitudes to men’s dress have changed between the Middle Ages and modernity. Unravelling the complex relationship that men have with their clothing, the course will place current menswear trends in their social context and explore future possibilities for the menswear industry.

£288 full price, £260 over 60s, £195 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Weekend course: Menswear and Masculinities

12 May 2018 - 13 May 2018

£195.00 - £288.00

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Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)