As New Year’s Eve approaches, it’s a good idea to know the history of the Tuxedo, even if your plans are low key. Remarkably, it was devised as a way to dress-down in England in the 1800’s for the stuffy social set needing a break from wearing coat tails and top hats. Once considering semi-formal, the tuxedo now often represents the highest level of dress for a gentleman, particularly in America. Here is the story: in 1860, Henry Poole & Co. (Savile Row’s founders), created a short smoking jacket that was spotted and worn by New York millionaire James Potter while on a trip to England. Potter then brought the dinner suit home with him to Tuxedo Park Club, a residential country club for New York’s elite that still exists today and is about 45 minutes north of Manhattan on the west side of the Hudson. His fellow club members liked the new look and soon adopted it as their informal dining uniform – and the name was born. Here are a few timeless and iconic images of Hollywood leading men looking their best:

The always impeccable Cary Grant:

Jack Nicholson at the 1975 Oscars, winning Best Actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:

Clint Eastwood in 1970:

Robert De Niro at the 1981 Oscars, winning Best Actor for Raging Bull:




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