The history of men's fashion and style is often perceived as uninteresting and dull. However, when you take a closer look at the changes that took place over the 19th and 20th centuries, you will notice that men's couture underwent a huge revolution.
Industrial revolution at the beginning of the 1860s resulted in the development of a whole range of varied and less expensive fabrics. Mostly, they were all kinds of woolen cloth formed with steam and irons. The frock coat was the dress code for the daytime, whereas for the evening, it was the tail-coat. For many years, men did not feel comfortable wearing their clothes, until, in the 1930s, the American drape suit took the world of men's fashion by storm.
It was characterized by broad shoulders and fuller sleeves, which was supposed to create an impression of the bulk of the men's chest. Doubtless, the 1950s had greatly influenced the history of menswear. The famous continental Brioni suit diverged markedly from the American broad-shouldered style. The Brioni suit was quickly embraced by European aristocracy and international high society. Bespoke tailored suits were mainly crafted for modern active young males. Brioni used fine thinner fabrics such as silk and cloth made from splendid Vicuña wool fibers.
Typical of the 1960s was the Nutter suit that combined extravagance and classical solutions. These suits were made-to-measure with great focus being given to the jacket, which is why special canvassing was employed i.e. horsehair and linen canvas interlining, seam tapes, pads, and tapes to hold the canvassing between the inner lining of the suit and the outer suit fabric.
The revolution of the unstructured suit took place in the 1980s when Georgio Armani made his debut. He replaced the constricting suit of armour with the soft and comfortable suit. Armani introduced fresh, modern aesthetics that appealed to men who worked in creative industries such as advertising, mass media, and architectural design. The designer reduced the weight of the suit substituting thinner, soft-fitting fabrics such as wool crepe for tweed and flannel.
The beginning of the 3rd millennium marks the era of individualism and the growing popularity of the concept of the "shrunk suit" or else an ensemble of a skimpy jacket and shortish skinny pants. Triple-breasted suits that were all the rage in the 1990s had been ousted by two-button ones. Movie stars held a great sway over menswear couture of the time, in particular Daniel Craig who had become a sartorial style icon flawlessly combining classic elegance and urban nonchalance.
The men of today enjoy having fun with fashion to create a style of their own. They tend to put a lot of weight on hairstyles and facial hair styles, which makes men's fashion and style more and more vibrant.