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Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
June 25—September 17, 2017
Main Exhibition Galleries, East Building


Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 explores the history of men's fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of "fashion" with "femininity." Beginning with the 18th century, the male aristocrat wore a three-piece suit conspicuous in make and style, and equally as lavish as the opulent dress of his female counterpart. The 19th-century "dandy" made famous a more refined brand of expensive elegance 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.

Boots made by Adidas for its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

Jeremy Scott, American, born 1975; with Adidas, Boots, Spring/Summer 2013; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Jeremy Scott. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's renowned collection, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. The exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body is not exclusive to women. The exhibition features over 150 looks, and celebrates a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear.

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The presentation at the Saint Louis Art Museum curated by Zoe A. Perkins, textile conservator and Genevieve Cortinovis, assistant curator of decorative arts and design. Financial assistance for the St. Louis presentation has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Accessible Content

Large print labels for Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 are available on your own device or at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Boots made by Adidas for its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

Kean Etro, Italian, born 1964; for Etro, Ensemble (detail), Fall/Winter 2014-15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Etro. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
  • Free for Members
  • $15 for adults
  • $13 for seniors and students
  • $6 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Free for children 5 and under
  • Free on Fridays

Advance tickets are not required, but are strongly recommended for best availability, especially on Fridays when tickets are free. Tickets cannot be obtained by calling the Museum directly. Tickets are only available in person at the Museum's Information Centers, online through MetroTix, or by phone calling MetroTix at 314.534.1111. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Advance tickets for Fridays are limited to 6 tickets per person. All tickets, including tickets for Free Fridays, are issued for a specific date and time.

Guided Tours

Take a docent-led tour of the exhibition with your ticketed entry Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:15 pm beginning July 8 through September 13. Docent tours meet outside the Main Exhibition Galleries in the East Building. Space is limited and early arrival is advised.

Group Tours

Guided tours of the exhibition for 10 or more participants are available and must be scheduled online in advance. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow at least four weeks advance notice. Group tours are not available on Fridays.

The last entry to Reigning Men is one hour before the Museum closes.

Shopping

After visiting the exhibition, stop by either Museum Shop location and explore merchandise inspired by the exhibition. Also available is the exhibition catalogue that richly illustrates works on view. Members save 10 percent!
Boots made by Adidas for its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

Johnson Hartig, American, born 1962; for Libertine, Ensemble (detail), Fall/Winter 2009-10; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Johnson Hartig. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed.
Tickets to the exhibition and related programs may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased or reserved at the Museum. Same day tickets, if available, can be obtained on-site only.

Opening Lecture

Friday, June 23, 11 am
Tales of "Reigning Men"
Sharon S. Takeda, senior curator and department head, costume and textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

From researching rare ensembles to cultivating relationships with top fashion designers, Sharon S. Takeda spent years developing Reigning Men. In this lecture, she will share fascinating behind-the-scene stories about what it takes to mount a major fashion exhibition. This free event occurs in The Farrell Auditorium.

Men's Fashion Past, Present and Future: A Conversation with André Leon Talley

SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 24, 2 pm
Boots made by Adidas for its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection
André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine
The Farrell Auditorium

Fashion world icon André Leon Talley in dialogue with Eric Johnson, executive director of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator and Genny Cortinovis, assistant curator of decorative arts and design at the Saint Louis Art Museum, will explore the intersections between fine art and men's fashion, past, present and future.
$25 General/$20 Members.

Auditorium seats for this event have sold out. A limited number of tickets for overflow seating in the Education Center for live telecast of the lecture will be available for purchase on Tuesday, June 20.
$5 General/Free for Members
Tickets

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission as part of SLFF’s "Speaking of Fashion" series.

Fashion on Film

Sundays July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion world with a series of documentary films highlighting iconic fashion designers and groundbreaking style movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Films begin at 2 pm and occur in The Farrell Auditorium. Details to come.
July 9 | The First Monday in May (2016) - Tickets
July 16 | Fresh Dressed (2015) - Tickets
July 23 | Bill Cunningham: New York (2010) - Tickets
July 30 | Iris (2014) - Tickets

$5 General/Free for Members

Boots made by Adidas for its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

SLAM Vogue

Saturday, July 15

Inspired by Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015, SLAM Vogue is a stylish social where art and fashion aficionados will celebrate the best of creative couture. This fashionable affair benefitting the Saint Louis Art Museum, continues the energy of SLAM Exposed and SLAM Modern by bringing together the next generation of the Museum's leaders, professionals, and young friends for an energetic night of food, drinks, music, and style. To purchase tickets, visit slam.org/slamvogue #strikeapose

$150 Friend level ticket / $500 VIP ticket package (limited availability)

Bus Tour

Saturday, August 12, 10 am-3 pm
A Fashion History of St. Louis Bus Tour
Visit sites around St. Louis and learn about our city’s dynamic fashion industry and its fascinating past. This bus tour will include a trip to the former garment district, a tour of the Reigning Men exhibition, shopping, and much more. See the full itinerary. Departs from the Saint Louis Art Museum. Space is limited. Advanced tickets required.
$50 General/$40 Members
Tickets

SLAM Underground

Friday, August 25, 7 pm–10 pm
Join us for activities, cocktails, music, and art making inspired by the exhibition. Admission is free. For more information, visit slam.org/underground or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Conversation and Cocktails

Friday, September 1, 7 pm program, 8 pm cocktail hour (cash bar)
Hip Hop and Fashion: From the Streets to the Runway
Education Center

This lively panel discussion will examine the evolution of hip-hop culture and its impact on fashion, art, and ideas of black masculinity. Panelists include Rikki Byrd, writer, educator and scholar, with research interests in Black studies and fashion history, and Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., associate professor of African & African American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
$15 General/$10 Members
Tickets
Boots made by Adidas for its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

Johnson Hartig, American, born 1962; for Libertine, Ensemble (detail), Fall/Winter 2012-13; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Johnson Hartig. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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Just for Members

Friday, June 23, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday, June 24, 10 am–5 pm
Member Exhibition Preview Days
Members get a sneak peek of Reigning Men before the exhibition officially opens.