September 23rd, 2008

Puddle Graphic

Tie me up, but not to a drive thru casket..

I present to you, more about the tie then you ever needed to know:

The neck tie is the most visible and variable fashion accessory worn by men. "Ties are very related to their times, reflective of trends in society," reports Mark-Evan Blackman, Chairman of the menswear department of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Neckties as we now know them are a relatively recent fashion accessory. The primary modern male neckwear can be be traced to the 17th-century cravat, a style developed from Croatian mercenaries honored by Louis XIV. As with so much of male fashion, the style is military in origin. Ties have only been worn by boys, for school and a variety of events and activities that now would call for casual clothes, since the 1900s, although they only became widely accepted in the 1920s. In our more casual modern era, many American boys rarely wear ties and may not, in fact, learn to tie a knot until their teens. Usually British boys learn to handle a tie at an earlier age.

The color conventions for neckwear during the 17th and 18th centuries was usually black for daytime wear and white for formal occasions at night. By the mid-19th century, they had become viewed as traditional and black revolutionary. Latter in the 19th century, black ties became increasingly common. By the end of the century, colored neckwear became increasingly popular. At first colors were limited to pale blues, lavenders, and grays.
It was the necktie which finally replaced the cravat. It was replaced during the 19th century by an unlikely combination of Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, English coachmen, and Edward VII. The necktie was tailor-made for the clerical workforce of the new industrial economy of the late 19th century. It was inexpensive, lasted for ever, and was easy and quick to knot. By the 1920s virtually all professional men from bankers to teachers as well as a variety of other men including soldiers, policemen, and the milk delivery man were wearing the necktie.

And no youtube today, because that up above offers drive through casket viewings, prayer booths, strip clubs and weddings.

There's pictures. But not of the strippers directly, or the folks that have passed away..
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