Up until the end of the 1700s, men’s clothing was just as flamboyant as women’s. But in the 1800s, a serious, suited look was increasingly the sartorial norm for men, a change that the psychoanalyst John Flügel, in his book The Psychology of Clothes (1930), called the “Great Male Renunciation.” Today, with the emergence of avant-garde apparel, often genderless, men have regained the freedom to stand out in bright colors, edgy cuts, even sequins. This exhibition traces the evolution of masculinity through the lens of fashion luminaries, including Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gautier, Dries Van Noten, and more. —E.C.
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