Aug 2, 2016 - Dec 23, 2016

MANMODE: Dressing the Male Ego


“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” - Mark Twain (1835-1910)


It comes across loud and clear through a man’s wardrobe.

ManMode: Dressing the Male Ego presents three centuries of menswear from the FIDM Museum collection.

Boldness and confidence translate into strong silhouettes, dominant colors, and militant embellishment.

Victorian aesthetes were impeccably tailored, showcasing mastery of sartorial connoisseurship.

The educated gent’s prowess for art and sportsmanship were revealed through his neckwear and shoes: Ascot or bow tie today? Wing-tips or spectators?

Embracing innovation—cutting-edge textiles and space-age silhouettes—meant a mid-century man could inhabit out-of-this world concepts.

Modern hipsters pair straight-off-the-runway Fast Fashion with vintage or Eco-couture to express a calculated interest in style.

From the bedroom to the ballroom and the office to the outfield—male egos demand attention!

FIDM Museum & Library, Inc.
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Curated by Kevin Jones & Christina Johnson

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Photography by Brian Sanderson and Benjamin Shmikler.

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