Showcasing the evolution over the centuries and shining a light on designers, tailors and artists, the gallery is presenting 100 looks and 100 accompanying pieces of art sectioned across three galleries, Undressed, Overdressed and Redressed, along with a special finale.
The beginning of the exhibition, entitled Undressed explores the male body and underwear, uncovering how classical European ideals changed over the course of history.
Displaying casts of the Apollo Belvedere to highlight idealism in tradition with more contemporary prints and photographs from the likes of David Hockney and Isaac Julien, the two align linking the past with the present. Ensembles from Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and Ludovic de Saint Sernin also sit alongside supporting the changing of ideals.
The middle section, Overdressed, delves into the masculine wardrobe, looking into the oversized silhouette, lavish materials and daring patterns that express status. Drawing similarities across centuries, an in-depth look into symbolism is at the centre of this part.
Redressed, the final room of this exhibition, reflects the country’s knack for tailoring with our modern circulation of seasonal runway collections, presenting the relationship between tradition and modernity.