FLORENCE

In January 2007 Florentine men's fashion foundation Pitti Immagine Uomo headlined their winter show with The London Cut: Savile Row Bespoke Tailoring. Commissioned by Pitti Immagine CEO Raffaello Napoleone, directed by Lapo Cianchi and curated by James Sherwood, the exhibition was a celebration of Savile Row tailoring in which the great houses of the Row showed together for the first time in their illustrious history. The exhibition was staged in the private apartments of the Duchess of Aosta and Prince of Naples in the Palazzo Pitti for a month. Neither of these 'secret' quarters had previously been opened to the public. At the core of the exhibition were forty bespoke suits recreated by the big beasts of Savile Row and inspired by famous/infamous customers spanning over two centuries. Surrounding the bespoke suits made for the exhibition were military and civilian florence pieces from the vaults of Gieves & Hawkes, Henry Poole and Huntsman as well as iconic pieces from private collections. Italian contemporary artist Luca Trevisiani art directed the exhibition. HRH Prince Michael of Kent inaugurated The London Cut and attended the opening night Black & White Ball at Palazzo Corsini directed by Contessa Sibilla della Gherardesca.
Coronation robe tailored by Ede & Ravenscroft and worn by the Marchioness of Reading to the 1902 Coronation of King Edward VII. The robe was later remodelled for the 1953 Coronation with scalloped fur trim by Norman Hartnell.
Henry Poole & Co State Livery (1817) from the reign of King George III.
Ede & Ravenscroft coronation robe of the Marchioness of Reading (1902). Loaned by the Marchioness of Reading.
Berry Brothers & Rudd Archive ledger recording the weight of George 'Beau' Brummell from 1795 to the year of his enforced exile to Paris in 1815. The ledger is the only known record of Brummell returning to England in the early 1820s.
Welsh & Jefferies tweed check Inverness Cape and three-piece Shooting Suit. James Lock & Co Deerstalker and horn-tipped Shooting Stick.
(foreground) Henry Rose three-piece knickerbocker Shooting Suit tailored for Madonna. Gieves & Hawkes Strathconan Tweed bespoke Great Coat.
Dege & Skinner cashmere three-piece knickerbocker 'Phitwell' Shooting Suit.
(foreground) Edward Sexton cashmere blanket Shooting Suit tailored for Lady Bamford. Loaned by Lady Bamford.
Savile Row in the City. Salon Verde, Palazzo Pitti.
Timothy Everest grey horizontal pinstripe City Suit.
Gieves & Hawkes navy shadow pinstripe City Suit.
The House of Windsor on Savile Row. The Blue Bedroom,
Palazzo Pitti.
Henry Poole & Co celestial blue velvet Smoking first cut for King Edward VII when Prince of Wales in 1860.
Davies & Son navy Yachting Blazer & cream flannel trousers inspired by Davies customer King George V. James Lock & Co Yachting Cap.
Davies & Son Archive black leather loafers from the collection of the Duke of Windsor.
Derek Rose Archive dressing gown owned, worn and darned by the Duke of Windsor. The piece is pitted with cigarette burns. James Lock & Co claret velvet smoking jacket.
Ede & Ravenscroft Evening Tails & Morning Tails.
Mark Powell short Opera Cloak worn with black shawl collar waistcoat and slim trousers. James Lock & Co silver-tipped cane.
Anderson & Sheppard Evening Tails made for Tom Ford. Loaned by Tom Ford.
Edward Sexton Lord & Lady Montagu white wedding three-piece trouser suits. The 1971 originals hang behind. (far right) Tommy Nutter dogtooth Morning Tails and matching Top Hat. Loaned by Timothy Everest.
(hanging) John Pearse bespoke tapestry jacket inspired by a William Morris print ordered from Granny Takes a Trip and worn by Ossie Clark (pictured below). Orange cashmere bespoke Pea Coat tailored by Richard Anderson.
Anthony J Hewitt bespoke petrol blue linen summer suit tailored by Mr Ravi Tailor.
John Pearse 'Splatter Suit' first tailored for Eric Idle to wear at The Oscars.
Lavender tweed coat tailored for notorious dandy Neil 'Bunny' Roger. Loaned by Hamish Bowles.
(left to right) Maurice Sedwell bespoke purple and black bleeding pinstripe Cocktail Suit, Mark Powell scarlet cashmere corduroy Cocktail Suit with shawl collar and black skinny cashmere corduroy trousers and Ozwald Boateng Bespoke Couture grey one-button 'Oscar' suit cut originally for Daniel Day Lewis.
Maurice Sedwell bespoke windowpane check Art Deco Blazer and white flannel trousers. (on the desk) Anderson & Sheppard ledgers signed by Rudolph Valentino, Marlene Dietrich and Laurence Olivier.
Huntsman archive patterns of Katherine Hepburn, David Niven, Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck.
The inauguration of The London Cut (left to right) attended by Contessa Sibilla della Gherardesca, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and curator James Sherwood wearing Richard James bespoke.

FLORENCE

In January 2007 Florentine men's fashion foundation Pitti Immagine Uomo headlined their winter show with The London Cut: Savile Row Bespoke Tailoring. Commissioned by Pitti Immagine CEO Raffaello Napoleone, directed by Lapo Cianchi and curated by James Sherwood, the exhibition was a celebration of Savile Row tailoring in which the great houses of the Row showed together for the first time in their illustrious history. The exhibition was staged in the private apartments of the Duchess of Aosta and Prince of Naples in the Palazzo Pitti for a month. Neither of these 'secret' quarters had previously been opened to the public. At the core of the exhibition were forty bespoke suits recreated by the big beasts of Savile Row and inspired by famous/infamous customers spanning over two centuries. Surrounding the bespoke suits made for the exhibition were military and civilian florence pieces from the vaults of Gieves & Hawkes, Henry Poole and Huntsman as well as iconic pieces from private collections. Italian contemporary artist Luca Trevisiani art directed the exhibition. HRH Prince Michael of Kent inaugurated The London Cut and attended the opening night Black & White Ball at Palazzo Corsini directed by Contessa Sibilla della Gherardesca.