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This story was a cool one to research. Lots of "ooh, I didn't know that" moments :) 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Megan Gambino
Published: 23 Mar 2016, Smithsonian

Jeremy Scott (United States, born 1975) for Adidas, Boots, Spring/Summer 2013. (Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA)

It’s easy to think that men’s fashion is less exciting than women’s. “Most people’s idea of menswear is the standard business suit in a blue-black-brown palette,” says Sharon Takeda. But a new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) begs to differ.

Takeda, head of the costume and textiles department, and curators Kaye Spilker and Clarissa Esguerra mostly plumbed the museum’s permanent collection of more than 35,000 objects for notable trends in the past three centuries of men’s fashion. They turned up court dresses for 18th century noblemen, an ultraconservative bathing suit from 1900, and a striped zoot suit, and selected 200 looks to feature in “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015,” opening April 10. [read more]

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