A History of English Tailoring in Six Suits

Traditional tailoring, called “bespoke” tailoring in the United Kingdom, is the art of cutting and fitting cloth to a customer to make handmade, one-of-a-kind garments (usually suits, jackets, shirts, trousers and coats) for men and women.  Unlike the idea of “fashion,” which projects the ideas of fashion designers onto the wearer, the point of tailoring is to make timeless clothing that is dictated by the needs and the figure of the wearer contrary to designing clothes for a mass audience to wear during for a temporary season.

 

Savile Row is one of the Duke’s favourite streets in London and the most famous street of bespoke tailors in the world.  Built between 1731 and 1735 as part of the upscale Burlington Estate, it is located in the St. James neighborhood whose tailors were originally made famous by George Bryan “Beau” Brummell, a 19th-century style icon in men’s tailoring.  There is a statue of Beau Brummell located at the end of Burlington Arcade on Jermyn Street. Bespoke tailors can be found all over London, not just on Savile Row.  

 

See Going to a Bespoke Tailor

 

 

 

 

Beau Brummell
Going to a Bespoke Tailor

Black Tie/

Dinner Suit

Morning Suit

Formal

Tweed Suit

Velvet Club (or Smoking)

Jacket

“Following fashion is for sheep, but handmade, bespoke tailoring is for the true lady and gentleman.”  

White Tie

Formal

Military

Uniform

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Duke White Tie.jpg
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Duke Velvet Jacket.jpg
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