By Diane Gray
Brides On a Budget
The story of the tuxedo actually began as a snub, a faux pas, a fashion mishap by a young man named Griswold Lorillard, son of Pierre Lorillard. Pierre Lorillard can be credited with the actual creation of the tuxedo.
In the 19th century, the Lorillard family, a family of great wealth lived in Tuxedo Park in New York. The lavish homes became high profile residences and a swanky resort for the rich and famous from all over the world. This was the start of an elaborate social scene called the Tuxedo Club.
The Tuxedo Club held their first annual Autumn Ball in October, 1886. During this period in time, men’s formal dress was a long tailcoat and white tie. Pierre modified this to a “tailless” black jacket to wear to the ball. It is said that Lorillard’s dinner jacket was inspired by Savile Row a tailor for Henry Poole & Company who was the tailor to the Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII. Some believe the jacket was fashioned with a shorter shape similar to red jackets worn in formal fox hunts.
Griswold, Pierre’s son showed up at the ball wearing the short jacket. Because of Griswold’s social status, the short jacket was admired by all and was an instant hit! The jacket was copied and the name “tuxedo” was named after the town, Tuxedo Park.
The tuxedo has grown to be a symbol of celebration for special occasions for men of all social levels and is now a standard.
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