a word on art

V&A Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

‘At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men's fashion, this exhibition explores how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity and unpicked it at the seams.’

I am always so excited to go to anything at the V&A, it is my favourite museum in London because of its beautiful architecture and the history that it holds. This fantastic exhibition is on until the 6th of November and celebrates the history of men’s fashion and what it means in today’s society. The exhibition takes you on a journey through men’s fashion, from the 1500s right up until the present day.

One of my favourite pieces from this exhibition was designed by Randi Rahm, styled by Sam Ratelle and worn by Billy Porter. This fantastic suit is made of wool, silk, synthetic, glass, metal, and sequins. Billy Porter is a voguish star of Pose and Kinky Boots and is also a prominent LGBTQA+ and Black Lives Matter activist. Porter wore this suit at the 2019 Golden Globes. I was in awe of the sequin detail, the more I studied the suit the more tiny details I discovered. I loved the bright pink on the inside of the cloak, it was a fantastic contrast to the grey suit, and it draws your attention to the beautiful sequin details on the suit and the shoulders of the cloak.

This fantastic velvet suit with cotton shirt and leather boots was designed by Alessandro Michele for Gucci Tailoring, worn by Harry Styles. I loved this simple yet striking design, the gold buttons on the jacket perfectly complemented the rich blue velvet. The cotton shirt underneath was peach and orange stripe, which perfectly complemented the blue velvet.