Fashion and Costume Books

Hart, Avril: Ties (13465)

V & A Publications 1st 1998
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(Order reference 13465).

This lively account of the development of the necktie from the 1670s to the present draws on evidence from paintings, engravings, contemporary written sources and stunning photographs of high-fashion examples of this essential element of male dress.

The tie is not only of interest for sartorial reasons, it also serves as a label, offering
an insight into the man himself. An item of dress so close to the face is always conspicuous, and therefore, either by its presence or absence, a man is automatically assessed. His taste (or lack of it) is revealed, and even his politics, education or sporting achievements can be deduced.

This book offers insights into the wearing of ties by historical characters such as Samuel Pepys, whose pride in his wardrobe is clearly indicated in his famous diary, and the legendary Regency dandy Beau Brummell. It shows how current styles have developed from earlier fashions, and features examples of contemporary ties from the elegant and stylish to the downright outrageous. Today ties seem to be more popular than ever, and designer labels compete with more and more unusual designs and materials.

Ties is an essential account not only for those with an interest in the social history of dress but also for anyone conscious of trends in men's fashion. The many, varied illustrations are drawn from contemporary sources and original designs, as well as featuring stunning photographs of ties from the V&A's world famous dress collection.