Browsing All posts tagged under »After Six«

Black Market: African-American Tuxedo Advertising

November 17, 2011

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Perhaps it was the multicultural makeup of my hometown Toronto that led me to notice the absence of black men in American tuxedo marketing campaigns of the past.  In particular, the ads and pictorials in vintage issues of Esquire and GQ were lily-white up until the 1980s when a smattering of African-American models began to […]

Flashback: The Powder Blue Tuxedo

November 10, 2011

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When researching the tuxedo’s history for the Guide I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing vintage menswear magazines and observing the tuxedo’s elegant evolution through the decades.  However, once I got to the late 1950s the research became somewhat nausea-inducing.  Each year the formalwear pictorials and advertisements featured progressively more awful tuxedo separates (ostensibly for summer or less […]

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 […]

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