In the early 1800s, the color and knot of a cravat were the cornerstone in a gentleman's ensemble, speaking to both his rank and valet's skill. It is rumored that the meticulous Beau Brummel was so particular about this punctuating accessory that he would often tie 20 cravats before he was satisfied.
Later in the century, elaborate neck embellishments declined in popularity, but neckwear was still important during the Victorian era. Bowties were popular, but the "four in hand" and ascot both gained popularity as the decade progressed. Other types of ties including the silk puff and "Teck" Ties, with their convenient pre-tied straps, also gained favor. Men's fashion was quite a bit less ornate than that of female counterparts, but neckwear was an accepted way to express a bit of sartorial style.
The shape of neckties has evolved, but neckwear is still a mainstay of modern mens fashion, and many styles from the 19th century are seen even today, showing them to be a true classic.
We offer a full line of men's period necktie styles which are suitable for movie and TV production, theatrical, living history and performing arts requirements, and are also perfect for giving a vintage feel to a modern wardrobe. Please contact us if you have any questions!
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