TUXEDO PARK, N.Y. (AP) — An exhibit celebrating 150 years of the tuxedo is on display in the upstate New York town that lent its name to the iconic garment.
The first short dinner jacket was made on London’s Savile Row in 1860 for the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
When American millionaire James Potter visited England in the 1880s, he obtained one of the new-style jackets and brought it back home to his country club at Tuxedo Park in the town of Tuxedo. The male members of the club followed his example, and the style soon spread to New York City, where it was dubbed the “tuxedo.”
The London College of Fashion has brought its traveling tuxedo history exhibit to the Tuxedo Historical Society. It’s on display through Nov. 2.
Details about the exhibit of what the society is calling “the little black jacket” can be found at http://www.tuxedohistoricalsociety.org/WhatsNew.shtml . Tuxedo is about 45 miles north of New York City.