By: John Jannuzzi
Paola KudackiIt's a funny thing, the first time you wear a pink shirt. You feel daring, unique, and maybe a little feminine. And yes, there's the oldish adage, "it takes a man to wear pink," but you might be surprised that its association with the fairer sex is a fairly new construct. In fact, pink has a long history as a man's color. This whole boys in blue, girls in pink thing is just a farce, a dirty lie!
An exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston called "Think Pink" delves a little deeper into when things changed. Centuries ago, men wore pink to express their masculinity as it was a derivative of red, the color of fire, strength and passion. The courtiers of King Louis XVI walked around in pink coats embroidered with flowers, something you might envision your grandmother loving. You might wonder where all the blue was, but back then, it was actually seen as far more dainty and delicate than pink, according to the exhibit curator, Michelle Finamore. It wasn'tRead More »from The Long History of Pink and Manhood