Published at Monday, July 30th, 2018 - 04:20:26 AM. tuxedo styles. By Mason.
One version of the style′s introduction to the US also concerns the British prince At the time the largest firm in the business of facilitating credittransfers between the US & the UK was Brown Bros & Co headed in London by Howard Potter He was the soninlaw of the company founder James Brown Among the Londonpartners was his son James Brown Potter who was based in New York James Brown Potter had been invited by the Prince of Wales to visit his hunting estate in 1886 Unsure as to the dress code he asked the Prince for guidance & was directed to Poole & Co to obtain the new style of jacket Potter later took the suit with him on a visit to Tuxedo Park a newlyestablished residential countryclub for New York′s elite The suit proved so popular that many club members copied the look The tuxedo was thus born; becoming the club′s informal dining uniform Sources dating to the 1930s state that the coat style was introduced to Tuxedo Park in 1886 by Griswold Lorillard an heir to a tobacco fortune at the club′s Autumn Ball The sources cite an article in the society newspaper Town Topics which described Lorillard arriving "in a tailless dresscoat & waistcoat of scarlet satin looking for all the world like a royal footman" The Canadian blogger Peter Marshall has speculated that the Town Topics article has been misinterpreted & that the dresscoat mentioned was a period reference to the evening tailcoat He suggests that Lorillard′s coat would have resembled a mess jacket rather than a tuxedo
As far back as the 1860s the increasing popularity of outdoor pursuits among the British middle & upper classes led to a corresponding increase in the popularity of the lounge suit This became a country alternative to the more starchy formal daywear traditionally worn by menabouttown Men also sought an alternative to the stiffly formal tailcoat worn in the evening at society functions For some country squires the solution was to adopt the casual velvet smoking jacket by having it made from the same fabric as the evening tailcoat This made it more acceptable for more informal homedining A turningpoint in the respectability of wearing tailless jackets as a part of eveningdress came with the adoption of the style by the UK Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII) The Prince′s tailors Henry Poole & Co of Savile Row have an undated receipt for a blue silk smoking jacket ordered by the future monarch to wear to informal dinnerparties They have variously claimed dates of 1860 & 1865 for this receipt
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