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Fashioning Masculinities at The Victoria & Albert Museum [London]

Frances Stewart, later Duchess of Richmond ©

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear
19 March – 6 November 2022

This exhibition considers menswear and masculinity from the Renaissance to the present day, exploring how designers, tailors and artists - and their clients - have fashioned ideals of masculinity. Women wearing clothes which are traditionally deemed masculine is an interesting thread in the exhibition, and a portrait of Frances Stewart loaned from the Royal Collection Trust, is an excellent example.  Masculine style riding habits were sometimes worn by fashionable women in this period but wearing a military buff coat, as in this portrait, was very unusual for a female sitter.


Other items from the Royal Collection are on long-term loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum


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