When it comes to creating a fashionable style of your own making, wearing a suit is an incredible way distinguishing your character. Here’s a list of a few famous faces well known for their bespoke suit that became an iconic part of their life and work.
In the days of Regency, England, Beau Brummell was always a trendsetter no matter what he clothing he wore. He is even credited with being the man responsible for popularising the now standard practice of wearing suits with neckties. There are all kinds of myths surrounding Brummel, such as his rumoured habit of spending five hours a day getting dressing. One of Britain’s most renowned style icons, Brummel’s interest in the fashion prominent in the Savile Row area of London is credited in helping the district become the globally recognised haven of men’s fashion it is today, as many famous tailors made their name by designing elaborate garments for Brummel.
The Rat Pack
Nobody has ever made the tuxedo look cooler than The Rat Pack, the 1950s musical collective of entertainers, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Wearing a tux always ensured that these gentlemen were the swarvest performers in New York City. But aren’t tuxes uncomfortable? Well, these guys never looked anything less than totally relaxed and sophisticated as they took the class of wearing a bespoke suit to whole new levels.
Although the later choice of Sgt Peppers clothing might not have been the most stylish 1960s fashion, in their early days the Beatles wore custom made black suits with ties, white shirts, and mod styled haircuts with the utmost style. Their 1964 performance on America’s iconic Ed Sullivan show decked out in Savile Row tailored outfits is the very epitome of 1960s rock and roll style.
In the 19th century the ‘Artistic Dress Movement’ offered a home-grown alternative to the worldwide popularity of Parisian clothing, and soon evolved into Victorian England’s ‘Aesthetic dress’ era. During which time there was no gentleman more distinguished and better dressed than playwright, Oscar Wilde, whose internationally renowned bespoke ‘aesthetic lecturing suit’ was every bit as smart as the man himself.
There can be no doubt that the legendary writer, Mark Twain, had a particular taste and stuck to it. Twain had fourteen custom made white lounge suits specially made to ensure he would have one fresh and ready to wear for each day of the week. This sense of style added to his popular eccentric image and ensured that he was one writer who won’t fail to be recognised in public.
The legendary tailor, Tommy Nuttier, brought a whole new glamour to Savile Row clothing in the 1960s when he opened the highly successful shop ‘Nutters of Savile Row’ with fellow designer Edward Sexton. Boasting a bespoke suit trend that featured bold weave patterns he quickly received requests for bespoke outfits from prestigious swinging-sixties musicians like Elton John and Mick Jagger.