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October 10, 1886
Tuxedo Debuts in America




The revolutionary style originally considered informal menswear.

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History’s Tuxedo Mystery

Its origins aren’t exactly clear, but a few things are certain:

  • Created by famous, Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co in London, still in business today.
  • Made first for┬áPrince of Wales (future King Edward VII) 40 years before American debut in Upstate NY’s posh Tuxedo Park community – hence, its name.
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As The Story Goes…

Pierre Lorillard, a wealthy tobacco manufacturer, hosted an Autumn Ball & wanted a black jacket without tails interfering with sitting, dancing.

He enlisted Henry Poole to make it. But he never wore it to the ball; his son supposedly did.

Look caught on, with men asking for jackets “like the ones in Tuxedo.”

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What’s the Difference?

  • They are constructed the same, but a tuxedo’s fabric is dressier, lapel includes satin & the pants have a decorative stripe.
  • Takes 8-12 hrs to make a tuxedo, many steps done by hand.
  • Etiquette says a tuxedo should only be worn after 6pm & not by boys under 15 (unless in wedding.)
  • Any color, typically black or blue.
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Americans popularized calling it a "Tuxedo" or "Tux," but around the world it may also be called a "dinner jacket" or a "smoking jacket." The origin for the word "tuxedo" is a Native American word, the original meaning of which is a source of debate.

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