London House, classic Neapolitan jacket, 1930s, Italy (lent by the Rubinacci Museum)
Readers of The Best Dressed Man In The Room, An Uptown Dandy, and admirers of the golden age of men's style in general will want to make time to see the new exhibit at the Museum at FIT: Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s. The exhibit, co-curated by G. Bruce Boyer and Patricia Mears, explores the era when truly modern clothing was first created.
Anderson & Sheppard suit, London, 1935 (collection of Steven Hitchcock)
The exhibit explores both women's and menswear, with an emphasis on the Italian and English interpretations of the men's suit and jacket - particularly, the "deconstructed" suit of the Neapolitan dandy-turned-purveyor, Gennaro Rubinacci, and his master tailor, Vincenzo Attolini; and the softened British tailoring of Frederick Scholte and the London Lounge style exemplified by his celebrated drape cut.
I'll be attending the opening reception tomorrow night and will try to take photographs, if possible.
The exhibit will be on display at the Museum at FIT from February 7 - April 19, 2014.