“If you speak to curators of costume or dress or fashion around the world, they’ll tell you how hard it is to collect menswear, particularly from the 19th century,” says Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences Senior Curator Roger Leong ahead of the Powerhouse Museum’s new exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015.

Italy c. 1700. All photos ©  Museum Associates / LACMA

The exhibition will feature 130 garments...

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