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For over 400 years the tailored suit has dominated wardrobes the world over. Its simple forms- inspired by royal- military- religious and professional clothing- have provided a functional and often elegant uniform for modern life. But whether bespoke or tailor-made- on the street or in the office- during times of celebration or of crisis- we typically take the suit for granted- ignoring its complex construction and many symbolic meanings.The Suit unpicks the story of this most familiar garment- from its emergence in western Europe at the end of the seventeenth century to today. Suit-wearing figures such as the Savile Row gentleman and the Wall Street businessman have long embodied ideas of tradition- masculinity- power and respectability- but the suit has also been used to disrupt concepts of gender and conformity. Adopted and subverted by women- artists- musicians and social revolutionaries through the decades - from dandies and Sapeurs to the Zoot Suit and Le Smoking - the suit is also a device for challenging the status quo.For all those interested in the history of menswear- this beautifully illustrated book offers new perspectives on this most mundane- and poetic- product of modern culture.... Please click here to ask a question
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