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Georgian/Regency - Clothing (mens)

Between a Gentleman and His Tailor

Casual country dress became the choice of the younger generation after the American Revolutionary War. Young men began to wear their riding clothes in London's drawing rooms, scandalizing the older generation. It was Beau Brummell who helped to popularize a more conservative color palette for men's clothing and more comfortable and practical clothing. With the help of some of the finest tailors in London, he took the practical riding costume from country squire dowdy to a costume known for its excellent fit, comfort, quality materials and workmanship, and freshly washed crispness. A smart sort of riding costume became the standard for men's wear from 1797 to 1810.

The best known tailors of the day were Schweitzer and Davidson of Cork street, Weston of 34 Old Bond street, Meyer of Conduit street, and Guthrie. All clothing at this period was handmade because the first practical, functioning sewing machine would not be created until 1830 and would not be mass produced until the 1850s. There was a hierarchy in the tailors trade with cutters able to layout and cut cloth to make close fitting clothes at the top followed by finishers who could do detail work such as buttonholes. Last was the lowly "table monkeys" who did the actual stitching of garments.


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Nice find---thanks for posting!
Jamacia AOS - maxi

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