Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuxedos Ring In Their 122nd Birthday

TUXEDO PARK, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It was 122 years ago today (Oct. 9) when the tuxedo first waltzed into men’s closets.

The tux is said to have originated in Tuxedo Park, New York, when the son of a wealthy tobacco family, Pierre Lorillard, wore the slick, risque formal wear to a ball.

The fancy fashion was a radical departure from the stuffy, traditional men’s formal wear, and was an instant hit.

Since then, the tuxedo has become “de rigueur” – French for the proper fashion etiquette – for men’s formal wear.

Some of the most notable tuxes over the years include...

  • Bing Crosby’s all-denim tuxedo jacket made for him by Levi’s because he loved jeans so much. It was made of 501 denim, and decorated with a corsage of red Levi’s tabs.

  • The Diamonds Are Forever tux worn by Sean Connery in the James Bond flick, which sold for more than $10,000 at an auction.

  • The ruffled, bright orange and baby blue tuxes worn by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb & Dumber.

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