Special issue of Critical Studies in Men's Fashion 4.1 - now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion 4.1 is now available. 


The theme of this special issue of CSMF is ‘Exhibiting Masculinity’ and focuses on museum exhibitions of men’s fashion and dress as well as past and current museum projects interrogating the subject of menswear. 


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Case study: Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: An exhibition on men’s fashion at the Jewish Museum London

Authors: Elizabeth Selby 

Page Start: 31


Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution was an exhibition staged from March to June 2016 at the Jewish Museum London. It explored the contribution made by Jewish-owned companies to the development of high street menswear in Britain from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century. This article will explore the challenges faced by a non-fashion museum in developing the exhibition, such as the difficulties in sourcing historical ready-to-wear clothing and associated objects for display from museums, company archives and private lenders. The museum’s objective of creating an exhibition with broad appeal will also be discussed, particularly the aim of attracting a young audience interested in fashion and design through a particular approach to exhibition design, interpretation methods and marketing.


Fancy dress: The uniform, the prime minister and the Empire

Authors: Stephanie Pfennigwerth 

Page Start: 63


In 2013 the Museum of Australian Democracy acquired a bicorn hat and a tattered, stained coatee: the last surviving components of the first-class civil uniform of Australia’s first prime minister, Sir Edmund Barton (1849–1920). Sir Edmund was a Privy Councillor and wore this uniform at the Coronation of Edward VII in London in 1902. He also wore it at a number of other events including an investiture ceremony, which The Australasian reported, ‘was like a fancy-dress ball, in which the men were the chief figures’. This article discusses the process and deliberations surrounding the preparation of Sir Edmund’s uniform and its narrative for exhibition. It documents how historical and conservation research into the provenance and materiality of the uniform created the basis for an examination of Imperial dress protocols and practises, and Australia’s ties to the British Empire. The article will also discuss how the uniform – unravelled, deconstructed, stabilised and reassembled – provided intimate evidence of under-explored aspects of Sir Edmund’s personality, activities and contribution to Australian social and political history.


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

Authors: Diane Maglio

Page Start: 79


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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