PARIS

In July 2007 a sartorial entente cordiale between Parisian Haute Couture and Great British bespoke was celebrated at the British Ambassador's Residence in Paris with the second chapter of The London Cut exhibition. Hosted by Chambre Syndicale President Didier Grumbach and Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, the exhibition of Savile Row tailoring was inspired by one of the Residence's most stylish Ambassadorial couples, Sir Alfred Duff Cooper and his wife Lady Diana who were posted to Paris in 1944 and made their palace on the Rue du Faubourg St-Honore the epicentre of chic for post-War Parisian society. One of the Coopers' most celebrated guests, Cecil Beaton, inspired the evening dress display in the Galerie Veranda that echoed Beaton's iconic designs for the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady. The master tailors of Savile Row cut new exhibits for the Galerie Veranda display and exhibition curator James Sherwood endeavoured to link Savile Row's Paris with the monarchs, ambassadors and illustrious guests who haunt the Empire-style state rooms of the Residence (commissioned by Napoleon's sister Princess Pauline Borghese) such as the Duke of Wellington, Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie, King Edward VII, Sir Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.
Anderson & Sheppard Evening Tails cut for Mr Tom Ford.
Huntsman archive Royal Warrant Banner to HRH the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) circa 1899.
Le Salon Rouge.
Gieves & Hawkes archive Rear Admiral's Full Dress Coatee
(c. 1925).
Dege & Skinner bespoke Queen's Royal Lancer Mess Dress Tunic.
Huntsman archive Hussar's Uniform (1850) flanked by an advertisement for Henry Poole & Co's Paris branch on Rue Tronchet (1911).
Le Salon Bleu.
Henry Poole & Co celestial blue Smoking Jacket flanked by Henry Poole & Co archive Measure Book (1860) recording the original commission for the Prince of Wales' Short Dinner Jacket.
Huntsman archive portraits of King George VI, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester as boys wearing Gieves Ltd sailor suits. John Lobb last for the Duke of Gloucester.
Le Salon Pauline.
Davies & Son archive black velvet French Court Coatee (c. 1855).
Davies & Son Archive Prince of Wales check blazer (c.1960), shirt, tie, loafers and patterns all pertaining to the Duke of Windsor. (on the table) Royal Warrant of King George V when Prince of Wales (1902).
Davies & Son Morning Tails inspired by HRH Edward, Prince of Wales as worn at Royal Ascot in the 1920s.
The Salle du Trone showing Ede & Ravenscroft achive Coronation Robes of the Marchioness of Reading (1902).
Ede & Ravenscroft archive Duke of Norfolks's Earl Marshal Coatee (1975) and Henry Poole & Co Lord Chamberlain Privy Councillor Coatee (1937).
Huntsman archive Queen Victoria & King Edward VII Ledger (1894-1926) At the turn of a page, Queen Victoria dies and King Edward V11 orders black crepe armbands for her funeral cortege.
Norton & Sons Short White Dinner Jacket.
Anderson & Sheppard Black Tie and (on the piano) archive ledger books signed by Cole Porter (1929), Lorenz Hart (1930), Oscar Hammerstein (1925) and Richard Rogers (1924).
Le Salle de Bal.
Huntsman Archive evening tails (1957).
Ede & Ravenscroft Evening Tails, Opera Cloak & Morning Tails.
Ede & Ravenscroft Evening Tails & Opera Cloak. Black Silk antique Top Hat loaned by James Lock & Co.
Dege & Skinner Evening Dress Shirwani tailored for HM the Sultan of Oman.
Edward Sexton bespoke cream three-piece wedding trouser suits inspired by Lord and Lady Montagu of Beaulieu originally cut in 1971.
Gieves & Hawkes blue velvet Cocktail Suit with archive military tassel belt.
(centre) Edward Sexton bespoke black four piece 'Excuse-me pleats' Dinner Suit with corresponding sleeveless Evening Coat all lined with black and white humbug stripe silk.
The Savile Row Bespoke Royal Family in the gardens of the British Ambassador's Residence, Paris on the opening night of The London Cut.
The London Cut Paris curator James Sherwood wearing Edward Sexton bespoke green velvet Smoking Jacket.

PARIS

In July 2007 a sartorial entente cordiale between Parisian Haute Couture and Great British bespoke was celebrated at the British Ambassador's Residence in Paris with the second chapter of The London Cut exhibition. Hosted by Chambre Syndicale President Didier Grumbach and Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, the exhibition of Savile Row tailoring was inspired by one of the Residence's most stylish Ambassadorial couples, Sir Alfred Duff Cooper and his wife Lady Diana who were posted to Paris in 1944 and made their palace on the Rue du Faubourg St-Honore the epicentre of chic for post-War Parisian society. One of the Coopers' most celebrated guests, Cecil Beaton, inspired the evening dress display in the Galerie Veranda that echoed Beaton's iconic designs for the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady. The master tailors of Savile Row cut new exhibits for the Galerie Veranda display and exhibition curator James Sherwood endeavoured to link Savile Row's Paris with the monarchs, ambassadors and illustrious guests who haunt the Empire-style state rooms of the Residence (commissioned by Napoleon's sister Princess Pauline Borghese) such as the Duke of Wellington, Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie, King Edward VII, Sir Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.