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Sharp Suits [Hardcover]

Eric Musgrave
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29 July 2014
Clothes maketh the man. For millions of men across the world the common denominator that identifies them is the suit. Just three and half metres of fabric, some internal shaping elements, some lining, buttons and several metres of thread are all it takes to produce the jacket-and-trouser combination that can be seen from the boardrooms to the bawdy bars, wherever men gather. The suit is still the uniform for millions of men who wear it to work; conversely, in its bespoke form, it is also a luxury status symbol for men. When a man wants to look anonymous, he can wear a suit. When he wants to express his dandified tendencies, he can wear a different suit. On every continent, the sober suit is the chosen dress code of presidents and diplomats, business leaders and law makers. At its most classic, the suit is respectable. In Sharp Suits we examine the fascinating history of the evolution of the modern suit from the days of 19th century bespoke to the mass industrialisation of the early part of the 20th century. We see how the uniform of the ruling classes became the utilitarian outfit of the worker. In a series of thematic chapters, we also illustrate how the universal staple of a man's wardrobe can play many different roles and, chameleon-like, can mean different things in different situations. Retro or futuristic, subtle or outrageous, the suit is the ultimate flexible friend. Movie stars and rock stars, heroes and villains, philanthropists and gangsters - all these men and many, many more have dressed to impress in a matching jacket and trousers and have found that a suit very much suits them.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (29 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058521
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 23.1 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few coffee-table books are so beautifully illustrated or as researched. GQ Magazine, November 2009

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Eric has written about fashion for 25 years. An award-winning editor-in-chief of Drapers, the UK's top fashion business weekly, he has also held senior roles at Men's Wear, International Textiles (Amsterdam), Fashion Weekly and Sportswear International (Milan). He was the launch editor of men's style mag, For Him Magazine (now FHM). He is now a consultant to the fashion business and writes for many publications.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 15 Jan 2010
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Coffee tables , what are they for? If only to display this marvellous book for all your visitors to peruse the coffee table will have played an important role in todays often styless society.This publication awakens optical sensations in all who are attracted to browse its pages.Explanetary and visually fulfilling.My personal acquisition of the year to be proud of and totally wortwhile to help visitors try to gain some style back into their lives,by being so subtely reminded of how not too run with the herd but prove too others you can be an individual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fitting! 16 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
Very fitting (excusing the pun!)for none other than Eric Musgrave to have written this excellent book!
It should become a standard coffee table accessory for all menswear retailers!
A great book showing exactly how a suit can really do the trick in so many ways!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FROM THE REVIEW I READ THIS BOOK IS THE BOOM 12 May 2014
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IT TAKES YOU BACK IN TIME ND TO THE PRESENT IT HAS AN INFORMATIVE AND CONCISE TEXT AND CAN BE VERY GOOD TO READ OR JUST FLICK THROUGH. PICTURES ARE SETOUT IN THE WAY THAT THEY RE WELL ILLUSTRATED RECOMMEND THIS BOOK WHO GO TO CHAIRTY SHOPS AND WEAR VINTAGE CLOTHING FOR A LIVING AND FOR LEISURE.
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