The cravat swept across the English Channel and was adopted by Britain’s King Charles II. It is said that the only thing that spread throughout London quicker than the Black Plague and the Great Fire of 1666 was the fad of wearing the cravat. Even so, it was none other than Beau Brummel himself who did the most to make the tie an institution.
For those men like me who grew up in the 1960s, one of the most iconic articles of clothing was Little Joe’s green jacket on “Bonanza.” Quentin Tarantino was one of those little boys and “Django Unchained” may at long last fulfill a childhood dream.
The post-war boom meant opulence was no longer a dirty word and the more provocative and attention-getting the style, the better. Silk and satin came back with a vengeance, but this time without the slim design made necessary before. Long gowns were complemented with real furs and if the fashion of the 1950s made one thing clear it was that the flat look of the flappers was dead and buried. Décolletage was everywhere, even among those stars whose body was much suited to those 1920s gowns.