What the Tux?: a History of the Tuxedo, an interview with Chloe Chapin


During the 19th century a new form of semi-formal dress known as the tuxedo entered the male wardrobe. John Maler Collier, The Whist Players, c. 1900. Hulton Fine Art Collection / Getty Images

Ever wonder why "acceptable" forms of dress for men are so prescriptive? So formulaic? In this episode we speak to Chloe Chapin about the origins of men's suits and the tuxedo specifically.

Additional Reading

  • Hollander, Anne. Sex and Suits. New York: Knopf, 1994.
  • Chenoune, Farid. A History of Men's Fashion. Paris: Flammarion, 1993.