Kente Cloth, (last photo) the "Cloth of Kings" is singularly known for its brilliantly woven colorations. Post-civil rights, its trendy and far-reaching appeal makes it an often-used design source inspiring Hip-Hop rhymes, tony 5th Ave. interior decor, and international abodes. Its uncommon lineage (Ghana circa 11th Century) and enigmic status are simply Inspirational.
The Peacock Male: Exuberance and Extremes in Masculine Dress, sponsored by TIME Magazine, is a zanny, but scholarly celebration of 300 years in men's fashion. Historically, only the wealthiest gentleman could afford to adorn themselves with such whimsy, sublime shock, and extreme craftsmanship.
Ensconced like a gilded lily at Philadelphia's Museum of Art (www.philamuseum.org) now until June 2011, are items some would label merely as "metro-sexual" or 'flamboyant' ,but in fact, were the wardrobe staples of the most virile, masculine, and confident gentleman of that day.