April 11, 2010

Real men wear paisley

A 1960s suit from renowned tailors Cifonelli, this suit was created from the reverse of a 19th century paisley shawl. Masterful creation you can see how the pattern matches up perfectly at the centre front opening so that's it's barely visible. Too the pattern carries over from the collar across the chest of the bodice, even the piping on the welt pockets is lined up perfectly.
Such attention to detail, so precise, it really makes for a beautiful suit as the eye is carried fluidly through out the single breasted jacket and high waisted pants.
Owned by the metropolitan museum of art.
Image- Steele. V, 1997, Fifty Years Of Fashion, Yale university Press, New Have, p. 56.

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