Frockcoat and waistcoat

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.

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.

Drawn from theNGV Collection the exhibition incorporates clothes, accessories and paintings.Designers include Thom Browne, Pierre Cardin, Morrissey Edmiston, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Nutter,  Rick Owens and WORLD.

11 Mar 201127 Nov 2011 The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
Fashion and Textiles (Gallery 12), Level 2, NGVA
Joseph Brown Collection (Gallery 10), Level 2, NGVA

ManStyle Interviews

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Interviews clips of male fashion and entertainment personalities discussing their sense of style for ManStyle.

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ManStyle: Men + Fashion

Paola Di Trocchio, Laura Jocic,Roger Leong, Katie Somerville, Danielle Whitfield

Publication Year 2011
RRP $29.95 (paperback)

Excerpts from the ManStyle: Men + Fashion publication.