The Tuxedo Celebrates 150 Years As Fashion Icon

The London College of Fashion recreates the tuxedo for the 21st Century

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The Tuxedo Celebrates 150 years as Fashion Icon

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The Tuxedo Celebrates 150 years as Fashion Icon

Photo by Getty Images

The Tuxedo Celebrates 150 years as Fashion Icon

Photo by Anthea Simms

The Tuxedo Celebrates 150 years as Fashion Icon

Photo Courtesy of Stella McCartney

The Tuxedo Celebrates 150 Years As Fashion Icon

Image Courtesy of the London College of Fashion

The tuxedo, an eternal symbol of elegant affairs, is being recreated by the London College of Fashion, in association with Henry Poole & Co, credited with creating the original smoking jacket, for a project called The Little Black Jacket: Celebrating 150 Years of the Tuxedo.

The prestigious British school, which counts Jimmy Choo, Joseph Azagury and William Tempest amongst its high profile alumni, has asked its honours students to recreate the fashion icon.  To illustrate their creative rationale, they must produce a behind-the-scenes film as well as a black-and-white fashion short.

The students’ efforts will be showcased internationally in 2012 in Harrods and Burlington Arcade in London, and New York’s Tuxedo Park, the very first place the tuxedo was worn in the U.S.

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