Men’s fashion finally gets some respect at RISD’s dandy show

A man’s greatcoat in dark blue facecloth, 1803.
A man’s greatcoat in dark blue facecloth, 1803.Museum of London

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Could the timing of the Rhode Island School of Design exhibition “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” have arrived at a more appropriate moment?

The popularity of fashion exhibitions have not gone unnoticed by museums around the globe as both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum experienced long lines and blockbuster attendance with their Alexander McQueen and film fashion exhibitions respectively. But what has been lacking in these shows—and many others—is a focus on menswear. Yes, there are men’s pieces found littered among the skirts, but menswear as an art form in itself has remained tucked away and forgotten behind taffeta gowns

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