The 55 Greatest Tuxedos of All Time
1860: Edward VII Prince of Wales commissions Henry Poole to design a short dinner jacket for estate shenanigans.
1886: American gentleman James Potter finds himself weekending at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and is promptly directed to Mr. Poole’s services so he can look the part.
October 10, 1886 (circa 8pm): Potter debuts said dinner jacket stateside at the Tuxedo Park Club Ball, in Tuxedo, NY. (Get it? Tuxedo, NY.)
October 10, 1886 (circa 8:15pm): Club members swoon, rejoice, faint in the presence of true dapperness. The tuxedo is born.
October 10, 2013: Kempt honors a legend, amassing the 55 greatest moments in tuxedodom:
1.-6.Bond, James Bond’s tux, all of ’em.
7. Marlene Dietrich’s wing-collar.
8. Kate Moss’s sexified iteration for Vanity Fair.
9. Johnny Carson’s spotlight number.
10. Daniel Day-Lewis’s midnight blue shawl-collar at the 2013 Oscars.
11. Bogart’s Casablanca dinner jacket.
12.-13. Gatsby’s tux, old and new.
14. Don Draper, 67% of the time.
15. The second-greatest cartoon tux, Mr. Archer.
16. The greatest cartoon tux, Mr. Monopoly.
24. The Penguin.
25. This time John Wayne got out of the saddle.
26. Jackie Chan’s high-tech formalwear in The Tuxedo.
28. Pavarotti’s tails.
29. Ryan Gosling’s maroon jacket.
30.-31. The undercover tuxes of 21 Jump Street.
33. Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking.”
34. Steve Martin’s in Father of the Bride.
35. Roddy McDowall on The Carol Burnett Show, à la Planet of the Apes.
36. Patrick Swayze as Ronald Reagan in Point Break.
37. Lady Gaga’s skeletal bit in her video for “Born This Way.”
38.-40. These three Inglourious Basterds.
41. Kevin Bacon’s signature red prom jacket in Footloose.
42. Ben Stiller’s less signature, albeit memorable, prom jacket in There’s Something About Mary.
43. Justin Timberlake’s eponymous “Suit and Tie.”
44. Ewan McGregor’s seductive tux in Down with Love.
45. The Jeffersons’ Sherman Hemsley’s attempt at plaid.
46.-47. Dumb and Dumber’s neon numbers.
48. The tuxedo T-shirt, as demonstrated by Art Garfunkel, in good company at the Grammys.
49. Costanza’s shrunken tux.
50. The white dinner jacket sported by Burt Reynolds in At Long Last Love.
51. Jennifer Beals’s sideboob-bearing execution in Flashdance.
52. Jean Dujardin’s silent tux in The Artist.
54. Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, in immaculate white tie.
55. Mr. Fred Astaire, obviously.
- Caitlin Ganswindt