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The Suit: Form, Function and Style
by Christopher Breward
Reaktion Books, 2021
Paper: 978-1-78914-496-3 | eISBN: 978-1-78023-558-5 | Cloth: 978-1-78023-523-3
Library of Congress Classification GT2079.B74 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 391.473

A beautifully tailored history of this fashion staple—at once a garment of tradition, power, and subversion.
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.

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