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history Tuxedo shirt

The traditional tuxedo shirt is a white cotton shirt with a wing collar and studs and cufflinks instead of buttons, specifically designed to be worn as part of the full tuxedo. It is usually created with a front panel, either pleated, ruffled, or with a piqué or Marcella-weave bib.

history Tuxedo shirt

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Masculine attributes had of course been adapted for female dress much earlier – it was not even the first time a full tuxedo had been worn by a woman – but when the female smoking jacket premiered in Paris in 1966, it became emblematic of a more thorough feminising of the male wardrobe, blurring the lines between traditionally gendered clothing, and it set a new standard for women’s evening wear.

The 1966 smoking jacket consisted of a long jacket with a satin belt, bow-tie, straight-legged trousers and a white shirt with ruffled front, using the components of the classic male tuxedo but tailored for women.

The style was first created by a London tailoring firm in 1860 as informal evening dress for Prince Edward, later King Edward VII, but was copied and popularised by club members in the wealthy New York suburb of Tuxedo Park during the late 1880s.

The traditional tuxedo shirt is a white cotton shirt with a wing collar and studs and cufflinks instead of buttons, specifically designed to be worn as part of the full tuxedo. It is usually created with a front panel, either pleated, ruffled, or with a piqué or Marcella-weave bib.