For those of us who can only dream of patronizing Savile Row’s world-renowned tailoring houses, this book might be the next best thing. Author James Sherwood (who has assisted me with my research on the earliest dinner jackets) charts the contribution to fashion and culture made by these masters of bespoke menswear, beginning with the founding of the oldest firm in 1689 (Ede & Ravenscroft) all the way up to the Row’s most recent addition in 2002 (Spencer Hart). The glossy, oversized format is befitting of the book’s illustrious topic and the pages are chockfull of photographs of sumptuous bespoke creations ranging from regal military dress uniforms to impeccable everyday lounge suits. And, of course, plenty of debonair dinner suits and exquisite evening tailcoats.
The book has just been reprinted in the US by Rizzoli. It was originally published in the UK by Thames & Hudson under the title Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke.