Character Commentary: 

Frank Jermyn 

Thankfully the Tailor wrote in time for the upcoming exhibition of the works of Sydney Darrell. He truly is an eccentric man, but I heard he has his quirks. I’ve also noticed his eye towards young Phyllis at the previous events. This could mean trouble soon. I don’t think Gertrude takes too kindly too him though. No bother, I’m just happy to have my tux. This is by far the nicest clothing I’ve ever owned. It’s all thanks to the bonus from my latest works at the papersI hope the sisters like it, especially that Lucy. She is most definitely the fairest of the bunch. There is sure to be a lot of important people at the event, some of whom I hope to charm my way into a career with. I will be sure and bring a few of my best pieces just in case I’m able to showcase a few. I mustn't let Mr. Darrell know of my plan however, as he will be quite upset if he figures out of his possible upstaging. Maybe I could ask Gertrude to help me. Yes, I can store my pieces with her photography equipment, as she has been hired to do some pictures of the event. That should do nicely.  

Editorial Commentary: 

Cody Taylor 

The tuxedo was found much more commonly in men’s closets during Victorian England than today. It has gone from something to wear on a night out dancing, to a piece saved for the most formal events. Why is it that the role of this clothing changed? Tuxedos, they were originally invented as an informal dinner coat. I have only in my lifetime seen them at weddings, funerals, and very nice formals. I take it, based on Frank’s entry, that this is one of the nicer tuxedos that you could purchase at the time. That is wild to me, considering that this is what I consider “fancy”. That makes you wonder what “fancy” meant back in Victorian England. The Tuxedo, according to Ashley Simpson of CRF Fashionwas a hit throughout the late 1800’s, however, fell out of fashion through the 30’s. That is until a woman wore it. Simpons goes on to say that famous German actress Marlene Dietrich debuted the film, Moroccowhich was considered scandalous and controversial at the time. If not for this gender defying cinematography, the Tuxedo may have officially fallen out of fashion for good, so it is safe to say that it was up to a woman to save this staple of men’s fashion. 

Works Cited 

Tuxedo. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/518EilJdZAL._UX679_.jpg. 

Levy, Amy. The Romance of a Shop. Publisher Not Identified, 2011. 

Person. “The History of the Tuxedo.” CR Fashion Book, CR Fashion Book, 9 Mar. 2021, www.crfashionbook.com/fashion/a29413430/the-history-of-the-tuxedo/. 

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