Charting a course between absolute restraint and ostentatious display ManStyle explores the extremes of masculine style and some of the most influential ideas that have pervaded menswear over the past three centuries.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 11 March 2011 to Sunday 27 November 2011

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Spanning both Fashion & Textile Galleries at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International, ManStyle presents a broad survey of menswear from around 1740 to the present. Beginning in the eighteenth century with exquisite brocade and embroidered silk coats, the exhibition then explores the evolution of the modern suit via the elegantly honed lines of the nineteenth century dandy, examining the rise of tailoring with its focus on perfect cut and fit. From tradition to transformation, ManStyle considers changes in proportion, shape and detail as well as material, colour and pattern, including the more radical influence of sportswear, sub-cultural attire and street wear on men’s fashion. In contemporary menswear design new and traditional modes of dressing are continually merging to create new definitions of masculinity.

Featuring over 80 works, Drawn from the NGV’s Australian and international collections the exhibition incorporates clothes, accessories, paintings, and multimedia. Influential designers represented include Thom Browne, Pierre Cardin, Morrissey Edmiston, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nom*D, Tommy Nutter, Stuart Membery, Rick Owens, Perks and Mini (PAM), Romance Was Born, Walter Van Beirendonck, Vivienne Westwood, Bernhard Wilhelm and WORLD