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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 […]

Flashback: Dynasty and Miami Vice Tuxedos

November 6, 2011

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In 1984 formalwear giant After Six capitalized on the hugely successful Dynasty series, a prime-time soap opera about a wealthy oil family.  It was a perfect pairing because the show  emphasized glitz and glamour and its characters were regularly cloaked in formal finery.  It was also perfect timing as the global economy was booming and […]

Downton Dinner Jacket Debut

November 2, 2011

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I love a good costume drama and Downton Abbey delivers in spades.  This universally acclaimed British television series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at their country estate around the time of World War I.   The budget is a reported £1 million per episode and it really shows in the […]

A Bad Situation: Jersey Shore Tuxedos

November 1, 2011

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For those fortunate readers unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore reality TV series, let me summarize the tawdry details.  The show follows the day-to-day exploits of a group of lewd, vain, self-centred, semi-literate, spray-tanned New Jersey friends as they go about preening, binge drinking, brawling and trolling for one-night stands.  Rather than being dismissed as tasteless […]

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