LCF has teamed up with internationally renowned Henry Poole & Co of Savile Row and luxury fabric supplier Dormeuil on this major project to reinvent the Tuxedo for the 21st century: The Little Black Jacket – Celebrating 150 years of the Tuxedo.
Reinventing the Tuxedo for the 21st century are a group of BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students who have been partnered with actors from the Drama Centre at Central Saint Martin’s to create tailor-made tuxedos.
As well as creating bespoke tuxedos, LCF has commissioned a publication by bringing together high profile faces from its extensive network of supporters, including Chairman of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman CBE (himself an LCF tailoring alumnus), who has personally endorsed the project as a “perfect example of some of the finest British craftsmanship.”
Other VIP stars who have been shot in their favourite tuxedos, with an accompanying vignette outlining what makes this distinctive item of clothing so iconic, include supermodel Marie Helvin, musician Mr Hudson, Gordon Richardson (Topman) and jeweller Robert Tateossian.
Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of College has also been photographed in a specially designed tuxedo, which has been accepted attire for women as well as men even before Yves Saint Laurent’s interpretation in the 1960s. She commented:
The Little Black Jacket project has been a wonderful and rare opportunity for students from different disciplines and courses – from design and styling to film and photography – to collaborate with industry and across colleges within University of the Arts London, to immerse themselves in this creative and exciting brief celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Tuxedo. This project has already attracted extraordinary interest and we are currently in discussion with various partners in the UK and overseas illustrating the iconic power of the Tuxedo.
The work produced will be exhibited in a ‘pop-up’ in Harrods and the Burlington Arcade in London, and at an exhibition in New York. The project has already been mentioned several times in the press: