I learned the origins of the tuxedo!
The Ruffian show was inspired by 19th centuryÂ Tuxedo Park, which meant a lot of men’s tailored pieces in fabrics like patent leather. Lace and beads were usedÂ as feminineÂ counterpoints – as well as the incorporation of the signature ruff. The whole look was intended to be a juxtaposition of aristocratic and rebellious. And the jackets? The jackets were fantastic. Obviously.
Via the show’s description, we also learnedÂ that the tuxedo originated in 1886 when Prince Edward VIIÂ wanted more comfortable dinner attire. He then invited James Potter of Tuxedo Park,Â New York to visit him. Potter asked theÂ Prince aboutÂ what to wear,Â andÂ Edward hadÂ his tailor give Potter dinnerÂ jackets made to his specifications. Upon returning home Potter wore hisÂ new jacket out to the Tuxedo Park Club, and the trend was born (though the man sitting next to me informed me that it was one of Potter’sÂ sons, not James Potter, who first wore the jacket). ThatÂ explainsÂ why it isÂ almost always calledÂ a tuxedo in America, and why British people sometimes sneer and say “it’s calledÂ a dinner jacket.”
So, Ruffian just solved one of the things that has confused us forever. Thanks, Ruffian!