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Death of the Necktie?


Woman making neckties., Digital ID 1226163, New York Public LibraryEarly last month, the media caught on to a startling development. The Men’s Dress Furnishings Association, formerly the Neckwear Association of America, announced that it was disbanding. This event was seen as the death rattle for the necktie, that universally-donned item of masculine dress.

I predicted the death of the necktie in “A Rakish History of Men’s Wear.” My prediction was based on the variety of research I did for the exhibition, where I found various opinions, academic and industrial, that seemed to confirm a move away from regular wear. The general consensus centered on the growth of the casual sportswear industry for men, and the eternal quest for physical comfort. In terms of quantifying the necktie’s loss of popularity, however, I’ve found myself more at a loss. Until now—I recently went shopping for my husband at Lord & Taylor and discovered that the store’s square footage of sales space for ties had greatly diminished...

Men have been wearing something distinctive around their necks since at least Tudor times. From starched linen ruffs, tight neck collars, and intricately-tied cravats, to the four-in-hand and Windsor tie, neckwear was an essential part of male dress. Yet garments can become defunct over time. A good example can be found in breeches, those trousers worn to just below the knee. The French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars allowed men to discover that long pants were more comfortable and effective, but breeches survived to almost the middle of the 19th century. They were worn mostly by older men, and still appeared at royal court events, before fading away. Today, we see a vestige of the breeches garment used in sportswear. Will the necktie survive?

The situation reminds me of Yoda’s statement in The Empire Strikes Back: “Very difficult. Future always in motion…”


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the death of the necktie

i absolutely think that the necktie will survive for the sake of tradition. granted, traditions have changed, but as a fashion blogger myself (and a third semester library science student at cuny queens), and from talking with various media and business types around my age (mid-late twenties and thirties), it is clear that we all still hold on to some traditions in regards to business attire. in my opinion, it will take a bit of time for the necktie to completely disappear. granted, i will admit that the death of the BOWtie has made me quite sad, although seeing one on the street gives me a sense of approval and [dare i say it] excitement.
Hi Paula! I liked your opinion and I agree. As a matter of fact, I held a Memorial for the Death of the Necktie. I set-up a Greenwich Village outdoor art exhibit of my giant necktie sculptures. And, I guess it was fate that a traveling news crew from Scotland paused at my exhibit and asked if I would like to be interviewed and talk about the ties. I agreed and the producer gave me the mic. You can see and hear the clip on one of my web sites listed below (the third at the bottom-look for the link on the site and click). I started making bronze necktie sculptures in 1992. The NAA commissioned me to make their annual award (a sculpture on a marblebase-image on and I had the commission until they closed their doors. I am going to give you my contact numbers below, and you are also welcome to visit my studio. I am also writing a book about my necktie sculptures: Necktie Sculpture. In 2005, I started making giant mixed-media pieces, which I call Contemporary Pop Urban Primitive Art (or Sculpture). I hope that you have time to look at my work and a little more time to let me know what you think. My best to you, Nick Daddazio Sculptor STUDIO DADDAZIO 31 Cornelia Street New York, N.Y. 10014 Tele: 212.645.6942 Email: Web Sites

To the extent that many ties

To the extent that many ties are purchased by women (and children) the sales of ties will continue, especially with Father's Day coming up again!

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