Menswear Theory

These books tend to be less helpful for designers looking for images or clear who-wore-what-when histories, but are standard resources for the researcher, historian, or academic interested in putting the study of menswear into a greater social context, or examining the “why” of fashion.

Harvey Hollander Joselit Kuchta McNeil Reilly Zakim

Harvey, J. R. Men in Black. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Hollander, Anne. Sex and Suits. Kodansha Globe. New York: Kodansha International, 1995.

Joselit, Jenna Weissman. A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2002.

Kuchta, David. The Three-piece Suit and Modern Masculinity: England, 1550-1850. Studies on the History of Society and Culture 47. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

The Men’s Fashion Reader. New York: Fairchild Books, 2008.

The Men’s Fashion Reader. Oxford ; New York: Berg, 2009.

Zakim, Michael. Ready-made Democracy: a History of Men’s Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.