10 Iconic Fashion Pieces Named for People or Places


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The Tuxedo
British model Cara Delevingne (second from left) proved she could rock a tuxedo just as well as, if not better than, her male counterparts at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle in October 2018. Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The history of the tuxedo is just as posh as you'd expect. The name tuxedo dates back to the late 1800s, when wealthy men in Tuxedo Park, New York, began donning the black and white ensemble [source: Etymonline]. At that time, Tuxedo Park was a residential club made up of rustic mansions that required white-tie and tailcoats as the dress code for its annual autumn ball. Apparently, millionaire James Brown Potter brought back the concept of semi-formal dinner jackets after visiting Britain and once he debuted the look back in NYC, it picked up popularity and was dubbed, a tuxedo jacket [source: Loveland].

"The tuxedo might have started as a crucial black tie ensemble for men, but has since become a staple in most women's closets — lest we forget Diane Keaton or Angelina Jolie red carpet moments," says celebrity stylist, editor and owner of MGKStyle, Mary Gonsalves Kinney. "The tuxedo defines power and elegance. Female designers like Gabriela Hearst, Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen got the memo and we like it."