Suiting Nations, The Myth of the Englishman's Suit - Research Center for Material Culture
10 November 2016

Suiting Nations, The Myth of the Englishman's Suit

Lecture | 10 Nov 2016 | RCMC

On 10 November Dr. Christopher Breward, currently Rita Bolland Fellow of textile, fashion and dress at the RCMC, delivered the lecture Suiting Nations, The Myth of the Englishman´s Suit.

The Suit: Form, Function, Style

Christopher Breward, Professor of Cultural History and Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, currently Rita Bolland at the RCMC, addressed some of the issues raised in his recent publication The Suit: Form, Function, Style (Reaktion Books, 2016). This widely reviewed book on the history and meaning of tailoring aimed to take familiar stories, reworking them for contemporary readers. Whilst he explained the ways in which the English suit has come to signify longstanding relationships of power and influence, Breward is also keen to set its form against and alongside contrasting methods of clothing the body.