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Tuxedo Origins: The “Tailless Dress Coat” Puzzle

November 10, 2013


Part four of a series featuring newly discovered first-hand accounts of the tuxedo’s earliest appearances. “The tailless dress coat so much discussed was started by the tailors,” sniffed the Arizona Sentinel in November 1886.  “Whatever popularity it gained last summer will soon be forgotten [because] it is not adapted to winter use.”  The term “tailless […]

An Edwardian Mess Jacket

August 17, 2012


Just when I thought I had pinpointed the origin of the civilian mess jacket to about 1930 I stumbled across a period reference dating  back to the turn of the century.  The following passage is from The Blue Book of Etiquette for Men, copyright 1904: There is need of a costume for evening dress in […]

Mad Men Formal, German Style (Part II)

June 9, 2012


In the second of three posts on Jet Age German formal styling, we look at some supersonic takes on warm-weather black tie. SUMMER DINNER JACKET VARIATIONS The elegant appearance of this summery evening dress gives this formal attire many fans, especially since its details are not as demanding and uncomfortable as they once used to […]

Vintage Warm-Weather Black Tie

May 18, 2012


After writing all week I have finally finished a new page dedicated to Vintage Warm-Weather Black Tie just in time for the start of the summer season in Canada and the US. Some of the more interesting tidbits I (re)discovered during the process: full-dress summer events had disappeared from the US by the 1920s and […]


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