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Inaugural menswear exhibition for North-East museum
4:49pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
AN exhibition based on work by the creator of the dinner jacket has gone on display at a North-East museum.
Henry Poole, who also established Savile Row, is the subject of the inaugural exhibition of men’s tailoring and craftsmanship at The Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle.
Founded in 1806, Henry Poole & Co was granted a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1869 and has continued to hold it ever since.
In 1865, the company made the original dinner jacket for the Prince of Wales, a garment which transformed men’s fashion and etiquette, and in the USA became known as the Tuxedo.
The exhibition is on display in the Fashion and Textile Gallery until May, and includes a contemporary dinner jacket, a single breasted jacket in Churchill stripe, a tweed shooting jacket with waistcoat and plus twos and a sports blazer which bears the Napoleonic Eagle.
Joanna Hashagen, keeper of fashion and textiles at The Bowes Museum, said: “It is the most amazing exhibition. We have never had anything like this and there are so many links to Newcastle and Durham.
“It is fascinating and a huge privilege to have this exhibition here.”
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