Figure Templates For Fashion Design

In the period following World Wnr 1. discharged veterans thronged to department stores and haberdashers to make up for the deprivation suffered in the distant trenches of Europe.' flie era of flaming youth was unfolding, and never before was the American man more inclined to try something new and different. I lie postwar obsession with sports and outdoor activities encouraged fashion experimentation. with the main arena being sports clothes. The New York elegance ol the period meant looking well turned out but comfortable. From this time forward, the virtue of comfort would be an evolving constant of mens fashion. In a few short years, the contemporary sport coat would become the hallmark expression of modern men's clothing.

Jackets for sport have a common progenitor in the Norfolk jacket of the mid-nineteenth century. Fort)- years later, it reappeared with its original detailing intact. The later Norfolk jacket of 1918 might be called the first American sport jacket, although it was bor rowed from the Norfolk suit of I larris or Donegal tweed that manu lacturers advertised as "a thoroughly serviceable suit tor men w ho are young, either in age or spirit, and who want to be distinctly well dressed, even on their outings." When paired with white flannel trousers and a natty straw skimmer, this summer outfit passed muster at even the most snobbish vacation resorts.

Along with the dark blue serge suit jacket and white flannel slack "uniform' of fashionable resort wear, the affluent American was accumulating an impressive wardrobe of Norfolk suits and odd knickerbockers that he could mix and match. As the Great War had not undermined British supremacy in the realm ot masculine stylishness. London was more than ever its capital. During the Anglomania of the 1920s, a variety of highland jacketings thrilled connoisseurs and neophytes alike. The rough, warm woolens of cheviot, saxony, and donegal brought a breath of fresh air to the sleek worsteds then popular. Scottish and Irish tweeds, countrified yet civilized, represented the apex of all fabrics associated with the British sportsman, with the well worn in tw eed looked upon as the epitome of aristocratic aplomb.

'I wo silhouettes came to define the early sport coat: the F.nglish drape, with its broader shoulders, fuller chest, slightly shaped waist, and close-l itting hip. and the American Ivy League sack coat, an unpadded and undarted. straight hanging jacket with pliable fronts, soft rolled lapels, and a three button front. A11 elegant example ol early American sport jackets is shown abo\ e the Brooks Brothers Shetland sport coat, complete with its characteristic three-button, two-to-button front.

In those days, for a fashion to start off on the correct foot, it had to be seen worn by the right folk. American postwar prosperity created overnight millionaires, resulting in "new"

Postwar Prosperity
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