If you ever considered how the dark business suit, Converse 0utlet the trench coat, school tie, sporting tie, gabardine, and tweed evolved. Plus the commercialisation of madder print, then you may be quite surprised to find that they all originated in England and have become the hallmark of classicism. They have been included in designer brands collections year after year. I hear the Converse All Star is back in fashion, this did not originate in England, but its just a good example highlighting the difference between what is fashionable (short term) and what is style (long term) Here are just a few historic examples of the evolution of style and the progress of fashion.
Thomas Burberry opened his own business in 1856 in Basingstoake, Hampshire. His commitment to both form and function in apparel design has been significant throughout the development of the company and its products. Noticing how local shepherds and farmers wore linen smocks, which were cool in summer and warm in the winter, he attempted to apply the same principles to other clothing. In 1879 he developed a fabric which was weatherproofed in the yarn before weaving, using a secret process and then proofed again in the piece, using the same undisclosed formula. The new material was untearable and weatherproof, whilst cool and breathable. He called the cloth gabardine and registered the word as a trademark.
Converse All Stars The English Madder silk tie is recognised worldwide as an icon of British style. Its a home grown classic with a proud heritage and a distinct provenance. The madder part of this lovely phrase refers to a natural dye from a Eurasian herbaceous plant, Rubia tinctoria.
Its continuing success through decades of rise and fall owe much too scientific intervention. The colouring agent in madder root called alizarin was in fact first chemically extracted and then synthesized in 1869 by two English chemists. Although the dyeing process, even today, requires a variety of painstaking steps, synthesized alizarin brought the price within the reach of commercial producers. Testimony to the significant part science plays ensuring the longevity of styles and textiles. Silk dyed in this manner is characterized by a dusty-looking finish and a feel (referred to as a chalk hand by the experts) very much like fine suede, and a matte finish.
The well-dressed man about town should wear clothes that are simple, functional and discreet, George Bryan "Beau" Brummell commanded in the early 19th century. By advocating well-cut, tailored clothes, Brummell essentially invented what has come to be known as the "British look."