Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Evolution of the Necktie

Neckties have been around since the 17th Century. They have been traced all the way back to the thirty years war, and are worn by both men and women. In this blog entry we will trace the evolution of the necktie, and examine the changes it has undergone over the years.

Steinkirk 1650-1720

The princes wore these ties around their neck during the Battle of Steenkerque in 1692. They twisted the ends of the fabric together and took it through the buttonhole on their jackets.
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Stock Tie 1720-1800

The stock tie is a small piece of fabric, folded, and wound a few times around the shirt collar. This stock tie is designed by ShoClothes.
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Cravat 1800-1850

The cravat is a small handkerchief, knotted, and tied around the neck. This cravat is designed by Robert Charles.
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Bowtie 1860-1920

The bowtie is basically a smaller cravat., and can be worn for formal gatherings, or dinner parties. This bowtie was designed by J.Crew.
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Traditional Necktie 1920’s – present day

Modern day traditional neckties can range up to 4” wide with a standard length of 57”. They come in a variety of different colors and patterns, and are acceptable at a variety of different social occasions. This necktie was designed by Dolce & Gabanna.
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