Los Angeles may take the crown as the capital of premium denim, but the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) takes one step up the ladder to show the rest of the world that menswear can be as historically valuable as womenswear. Sponsored by luxury Italian e-tailer Yoox.com, LACMA's "Reigning Men" is taking us into the world of menswear alongside LACMA's curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker.

At the entrance, we are greeted by a display of punk rock biker jackets from the '70s, a Helmut Lang leather vest, Jeremy Scott x Adidas Run DMC-inspired getup, vintage Macaroni suits and Revolution-era battle uniforms. The mishmash of decades and styles aims to introduce us to a history of menswear. While this may be a good introduction, it's confusing since there is no single emphasis on a decade, culture or style. Instead, it seems like Spilker wants to start off on a general overview like an English class syllabus.

After the entrance, we see "Oriental"-themed garments from a smoking jacket made of cigar ribbons to '60s Nehru suits. A small array of Japanese designers from Comme des Garcons and Kansai Yamamoto are displayed with a Musashiya Hawaiian shirt. Asides from its Westernized counterparts, we also see a traditional Japanese kimono and tonbi layered on top of each other. For some bit of Middle Eastern flair, Spilker adds an 1800s French-made Turkish-inspired brocade robe and matching overcoat to the exhibit. Here, the "Oriental" theme tries to come across as a beneficial educational tool on what non-Western fashion looks like; however, Spilker sorely misses the mark with her intentions. Although she wants us to grasp the concept of "Oriental" fashion, her ideas of non-Western fashion simply follow the textbook perception that non-Europeans are willing to comply/adapt Western culture as a way to "modernize" their society/culture - and clothing is clearly a physical evidence. As insult to injury, Spilker homogenizes and reduces non-Western culture as a "novelty" for Americans to go goo goo gaga - just like the token person of color seen on every single American teen movie for "diversity" purposes. Considering that our fashion education consists of being raised on Western styles of clothing and culture, we want to see more examples of non-Western menswear (besides Japan).

Following the "Oriental" room, military garments and tailored suits of all shapes and sizes span throughout the hallway. While we always think of a military man as someone who wears a standard-issue Sgt. Pepper band jacket or an American Sniper-esque camouflage uniform, Spilker begs to differ. Here, she treats us to seeing an 1800s sailor's jumper and displays it next to a Karl Lagerfeld version that is inspired by Victorian-era naval wear. It's fascinating to see comparisons, but then again, military gear just doesn't wake me up like a cup of super strong black iced coffee. Ditto about suits and button-down shirts (except for Vivienne Westwood's iconic Pirate collection red squiggly shirt). What I really like about this section of the exhibit is how the garments are well-styled. An example is a mannequin wearing glasses, dress shirt with a white bowtie, black long tailcoat jacket with a white lapel and beige dress pants. Half-Yves Saint Laurent and half-Brooks Brothers chic, the mix of French sophistication and New York preppy elegance is something unique for a city where men wear snooze-worthy t-shirts and jeans.

Passing through a room full of undergarments, my eyes instantly blink twice at the sight of sinfully sexy swimwear. Confined in a little corner of its own, men's swimsuits range from the über modest '30s swim tank and matching shorts set to Rudi Gernreich's sleek black thong swimsuit. Jantzen's "Topper", a canary yellow and maroon cutout-style swimsuit, makes a Hadid sister wish they can fit into it. Among all the pieces there, Tom Ford for Gucci's gold thong is the icing on a cake! (Insert hungry emoji here.) Reduced to nothing but small strips of dental floss straps, Ford's creation for Gucci proudly reveals the goodies that every boy inherited from his papa. If this G-string swimsuit is to be worn in public, your man shall be warned.

Last but not least, a hallway of suits and footwear sweetly wraps up the show. Out of the two options, I highly suggest that you stick to looking at the shoes. Framed inside a glass case, Jeremy Scott's gilded sneaker to Prada's platform brogue demonstrates the art of footwear. With all those Instagrammable designer names, you can sense that the LACMA is in desperate need for a strong social media presence and prominence as the Met.

If anyone is new to the LACMA, Reigning Men is not to be missed. But if you live in Los Angeles and have been to the LACMA countless of times like myself, you are better off saving up your paycheck to see Manus x Machina at the Met.