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The Tailor's Art



Creation of the Manís Suit
The Suit in the 19th Century
Menís Dressing Gown and Waistcoat Fabrics
Menís Accessories in the 19th Century
Neckties and Cravats
Menís Accessories in the 20th Century
Tailoring for Women
Appropriating the Dandy
Contrast Between the Modern Suit and Feminine Fashion
Mid-Century America: Conformity in Suburbia
Mid-Century Humor: Conversational Textiles
Counterculture Menswear
Contemporary Tailoring for Men
Menswear Fabrics - A Glossary



Elite men throughout history have worn luxurious clothing made of lush fabrics that display a full range of colors and patterns. During the 18th century, for example, masculine fashion included woven silks, brocade, velvet, and lavish embroideries; yet by the 19th century, suit and coat fabrics were commonly constructed with dark wool. Options for pattern and color thus became limited, but men still had access to lavishly patterned silk waistcoats, dressing gowns, and scarves. The dressing gown, in particular, was often sumptuous, reflecting its origin in Persian court dress. With the development of roller printing in 1783, the cost of printing on fabric fell, and public desire for multicolor, complex patterns grew.

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All photographs by Irving Solero, courtesy of the Museum at FIT, unless otherwise noted.