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Celebrity Tuxedo Brands

July 19, 2013

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Although many celebrities have endorsed formalwear brands over the years, only a few can lay claim to their  own lines of tuxedos and formal accessories.  Here’s a rundown of this eclectic group. In 1950 After Six debuted the formalwear industry’s first celebrity endorsement with the launch of a tuxedo line named after singer, actor and […]

Flashback: Retro Ruffled Shirts

July 5, 2013

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I have completed the Black Tie Guide’s Vintage Shirts page which previously only described shirts from the 1930s and ‘40s.  The period covered now extends back to the English Regency and forward to the late 1950s.  I arbitrarily ended the review at the 1960s because that’s when the so-called peacock revolution turned fashion on its […]

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 […]

All the Trimmings

June 18, 2012

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Most people are familiar with the use of lapel facings to add flair to a tuxedo but likely few are aware that the jacket’s collar and cuffs can be used for this purpose as well. The history of formalwear trimmings can be traced back to the first evening tailcoats produced during the English Regency.  They […]

Flashback: The Continental Tie

November 28, 2011

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In America in the late 1950s the traditional boxy and bulky cuts of English suits gave way to the slimmer and more youthful Italian cut which became known as the Continental Look.  To complement this new streamlined style of tuxedo, formalwear manufacturers introduced the continental tie, a wide strip of black silk or satin that […]

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 […]

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