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Justin Timberlake: (Dinner) Suit & Tie

January 16, 2013

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Justin Timberlake released his first new single in six years last Monday and although it’s called “Suit & Tie” the associated promotional materials feature a tuxedo.  Considering the massive scope of this  marketing campaign  and its target demographic, one can only hope that multitudes of young men will discover the inherent elegance of the traditional […]

Return of the Downton DJ

January 9, 2013

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The third season of Downton Abbey premiered on PBS last Sunday with a record audience of nearly eight million viewers.  While there was much talk about changing times at the dawn of the 1920s it was evident that life at Downton is still firmly rooted in the past.  Two amusing examples are the negative reactions […]

50 Years of Bond Tuxedos

January 3, 2013

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While writing recently about the James Bond design exhibit and the unorthodox notched lapels featured in Goldfinger I started wondering about Bond tuxedos as a whole.  Curious to see how they evolved over time I rented the entire series on DVD and have produced a timeline that highlights key developments.  For those who are interested […]

Review: “Designing 007” Exhibit

December 29, 2012

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I recently visited a traveling museum exhibit of James Bond design and it was black tie heaven. The exhibit is called “Designing 007: Fifty Years of James Bond Style” and was produced in collaboration with the film franchise’s production company which provided unprecedented access to their archives.  One room is devoted solely to the evening […]

Skyfall DJ Preview II

September 5, 2012

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A recently released set of posters for Skyfall provides a closer look at Bond’s next dinner suit.  According to GQ.com it is a Tom Ford “O’Connor” tuxedo, the same one Craig wore as Bond in the Olympics opening ceremony (and which Bradley Cooper wore to the most recent Oscars).  It will no doubt be a […]

Bond’s Skyfall Dinner Jacket: Sneak Peek

June 4, 2012

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The trailer for the next James Bond film has just been released and reveals that 007 will once again be donning his trademark formal attire.  Skyfall will be rolled out across the globe starting October 26.  A complete list of release dates can be found at the official web site.

Great Expectations for Great Gatsby

May 24, 2012

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The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby was released on Tuesday and it looks to be the sort of visual extravaganza one would expect from the director of  Moulin Rouge.  Considering the story’s focus on the lifestyles of the rich and decadent in the 1920s, formalwear fans should be in for a real treat.   That treat […]

Formal Motifs in The Artist

March 4, 2012

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(Spoiler Alert!) I finally got around to seeing The Artist this weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly both as a classic film buff and as modern movie-goer who’s grown weary of  roller-coaster camera moves, rapid-fire edits, and computer-generated artificiality. As anyone who’s seen it knows, formal wear is very prevalent in the film as befitting a […]

Midnight Blue in Mission Impossible

December 30, 2011

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I took advantage of the Christmas holidays to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which featured a very Bond-esque climax with Tom Cruise’s character decked out in a smart tuxedo at a swank soiree.  It was only as the scene progressed that I began to detect the slightest hint of blue in his evening suit.  The […]

Symphony in Black and White

November 8, 2011

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A number of Guide readers have asked about the correlation between symphony orchestras and formal wear and while I have not yet found an academic analysis, I do have my own opinions based on my research to date. In the 15th and 16th centuries, small orchestras entertained guests of nobility at their private homes then […]

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