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(Opposite page) Coat and vest, France, 1800; (this page) punk jacket, United States, 1978-83

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lot of early reactions have commented on the structure of the exhibit; the back-and-forth,” says Sharon Takeda, the senior curator of costumes and textiles at LACMA. She’s referring to the museum’s new exhibit, Reigning Men, a comprehensive review of men’s fashion over the last 300 years. Instead of laying out the exhibit as a strict chronological history, clothes were paired together in order to show the ongoing dialogue of fashion—Dandies informed the flower power era, while the DIY spirit of punk is reflected in the world of 19th century clothing. Takeda and Kaye Spilker, her co-curator, have spent the last five years putting together one of the largest reviews of men’s

fashion in history. “Women’s clothing gets a lot of the attention, and I think that’s for a lot of reasons. Women’s garments are usually better taken care of, we look back at trends in women’s fashion more thoroughly, and maybe we think that men were dressed by their women so their choices aren’t as consequential,” says Spilker. “But we have such a huge assortment.” The exhibit, on display through Aug. 21, came about when Takeda and Spilker were organizing a previous show, 2007’s Fashioning Fashion, an exploration of European men’s, women’s and children’s trends from the 18th to early 20th centuries. “We were putting together the show and realized we had a APRIL 27, 2016

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