ISSN: 2050070X
First published in 2014
2 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 1
Cover Date: April 2017
A brief historical overview of the first major menswear exhibition in the United States – Adam in the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1950
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Authors:  Diane Maglio 
DOI: 10.1386/csmf.4.1.79_1

menswear exhibition,display techniques,men’s dress,exhibiting dress,forecasting menswear

Adam in the Looking Glass was the first exclusively menswear exhibition in America. The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, under the direction of Polaire Weissman, displayed more than 600 years of men’s finery arranged among paintings, decorative arts and furniture. The display techniques included garments in glass cases, dressed figures arranged in tableaux, and retail store mannequins dressed in menswear of the future. Twelve American womenswear designers were invited to create, for display in the exhibition, garments they proposed as tomorrow’s menswear. This article provides a brief historical overview of Adam in the Looking Glass which ran from 30 January 1950 to 30 July 1950.
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