“PHILADELPHIA, PA.- This lively exhibition contradicts the notion of men’s apparel as staid and restrained, especially when compared to women’s fashions. The Peacock Male: Exuberance and Extremes in Masculine Dress, drawn primarily from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of Western fashion, examines 300 years of men’s sartorial display and includes flamboyant clothing as well as colorful accessories. It will be on view from January 22 through June 2011.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to look at men’s clothing from a different perspective, as it is a subject that is often overlooked, even though menswear is now so creative and diverse,” said Kristina Haugland, Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room and Academic Relations. “Most people are surprised to find just how eye-catching men sought to be in the past, sporting extravagant floral embroidery, feathers, and flashy patterns. The exhibition is a great chance to show the wild side of masculine wear, from fur-crested helmets to high-tech sneakers.”
The exhibition opens with a look at the rich clothing worn by the 18th-century elite, from lavishly embroidered suits to zigzag-patterned silk stockings. During the 19th century, menswear tended to be sober by comparison, but could be accented with colorful accessories such as waistcoats, slippers or suspenders. . .” More details on Artdaily.com.