V&A to host its first major menswear exhibition

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Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

The V&A will unveil its first ever exhibition dedicated to menswear in 2022. The show joins Africa Fashion, which was announced in January, as its next headlining fashion displays.

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear will celebrate "the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance". The exhibit will go back in time to explore how designers, tailors and artists – along with their clients and sitters – have constructed masculinity in different periods through clothing. Looking at a range of mediums, from Renaissance paintings and sculpture to film and performance, visitors will find out how menswear has changed over centuries. The show will open 19 March, closing on 6 November.

The museum also offered more insight into its anticipated Africa Fashion show, open from 11 June - 16 April, which will bring together over 250 objects, drawn from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century and influential contemporary African fashion creatives, alongside textiles and photographs from the V&A’s collection. Following a major public call-out in January, new acquisitions highlighting African diasporic fashion trends of the day, paired with personal testimonies, will go on show for the first time.

Other exhibitions to take place at the V&A in 2022 include Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, which will trace the personal journey and legacy of the beloved author and her enduring love of nature, as well as Hallyu! The Korean Wave, a celebration of the creative contributions of South Korea.

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