A while back, Mr. Caleb Wells of T.M. Lewin very graciously sent us this timeline for the evolution of men’s clothing. (Do zoom in. It’s an interesting overview.)
At some point, I hope to pursue nerdy historical detail for several of the timeline items, especially the coat shirt, i.e., the shirt that buttons all the way from top to bottom.* Today, however, we’re going to look a little more closely at the three-piece suit and its development, courtesy Timothy Long, Curator of Fashion at the Museum of London.
*Contrary to what we see on our romance novel covers, until late in the 1800s, men’s shirts went on over the head.
If you're having trouble seeing the graphic, here's a full-size view—with thanks to Karen Anne, for finding it!
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