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Formal Attire Collection

"Formal Attire: A Timeless Elegance Captured in History" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the world of formal attire

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Chef; Le Cuisinier, (oil on canvas)

Chef; Le Cuisinier, (oil on canvas)
653335 Chef; Le Cuisinier, (oil on canvas) by Lebasque, Henri (1865-1937); 64.7x54.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Chef; Le Cuisinier. Henri Lebasque (1865-1937). Oil on canvas

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)

Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)
985820 Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink) by Berger, Anthony (fl.1861-65); 10.1x6.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Abraham Lincoln)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Comedians Morecambe and Wise seen here showing off their medals outside Buckingham Palace

Comedians Morecambe and Wise seen here showing off their medals outside Buckingham Palace after being invested by HM The Queen with the O.B.E. 23rd November 1976

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Ava Gardner with the Queen during a Royal Command Film Performance, October 1955

Ava Gardner with the Queen during a Royal Command Film Performance, October 1955

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: The Bachelors Birthday, (oil on panel)

The Bachelors Birthday, (oil on panel)
989681 The Bachelors Birthday, (oil on panel) by Kaufmann (Kaufman) Isidor (1853-1921); 34.3x28.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Bachelors Birthday. Isidor Kaufmann (1853-1921)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Last night of boxing at Harringay, cahampions of the past line up for the last time in

Last night of boxing at Harringay, cahampions of the past line up for the last time in ther ring l-r Dave Crowley, Jack Peterson, Harry Mizler, Peter Kane, Bruce Woodcock, Ernie Roderick

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph)

Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph)
1198038 Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph) by Chaurand-Naurac, Jean Raoul (1878-1948)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Ingrid Bergman filming in Covent Garden London with Cary Grant December 1957

Ingrid Bergman filming in Covent Garden London with Cary Grant December 1957

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: TV Programmes George and Mildred: George and Mildred are disturbed by three '

TV Programmes George and Mildred: George and Mildred are disturbed by three " Hells Angels" L to R - Andy Stevens, Dudley Sutton and Nigel Wescott, while having their dinner

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Portrait of William Henry Paget Marquess of Anglesey, half length, (oil on canvas)

Portrait of William Henry Paget Marquess of Anglesey, half length, (oil on canvas)
827857 Portrait of William Henry Paget Marquess of Anglesey, half length, (oil on canvas) by Beechey, William (1753-1839); 76.4x63.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Morecambe and Wise seen here outside the gates of Buckingham Palace doing their

Morecambe and Wise seen here outside the gates of Buckingham Palace doing their Television dance outside Buckingham Palace after they were invested by HM The Queen with the O.B.E. 23rd November 1976

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Michael Crawford Actor meets The Queen - December 1972 At the Premiere of

Michael Crawford Actor meets The Queen - December 1972 At the Premiere of Alices Adventures in Wonderland Dbase MSI

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916), 1909 (photographic frontispiece)

Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916), 1909 (photographic frontispiece)
986133 Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916), 1909 (photographic frontispiece); Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916). From The Novels and Tales'

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Illustration depicting a formal celebration, where the guests are dancing in the ballroom

Illustration depicting a formal celebration, where the guests are dancing in the ballroom, 1885 (engraving)
5616374 Illustration depicting a formal celebration, where the guests are dancing in the ballroom, 1885 (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Ferdinand Hodler in his Studio, in 1914, 1914 (gelatin print on cardboard)

Ferdinand Hodler in his Studio, in 1914, 1914 (gelatin print on cardboard)
1196141 Ferdinand Hodler in his Studio, in 1914, 1914 (gelatin print on cardboard) by Lacroix, Charles (1869-1953); 23x16.8 (oval) cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Lacroix)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Illustration depicting a formal celebration, where the guests are dancing in the ballroom

Illustration depicting a formal celebration, where the guests are dancing in the ballroom, 1885 (engraving)
5616375 Illustration depicting a formal celebration, where the guests are dancing in the ballroom, 1885 (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Cartoon depicting some of the most famous philosophers gathered together in formal attire

Cartoon depicting some of the most famous philosophers gathered together in formal attire, 1850 (engraving)
5616410 Cartoon depicting some of the most famous philosophers gathered together in formal attire, 1850 (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Tottenham Hotpsur and England footballer Les Ferdinand with television

Tottenham Hotpsur and England footballer Les Ferdinand with television and radio presenter girlfriend Dani Behr at the Ritz Hotel in Londons West End for an advertising companys centenary bash

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Freddie Foreman (L) at the 2II club in Balham with his wife and Bookmaker Mick Reagan (2

Freddie Foreman (L) at the 2II club in Balham with his wife and Bookmaker Mick Reagan (2.L.) Olympic bantam Micky Carter, Olympic and now pro featherweight Johnny Cheshire

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Freddie Foreman presents a cheque to the Mayor of Southwark for his Old people

Freddie Foreman presents a cheque to the Mayor of Southwark for his Old peoples fund at the prince of Wales, the money being raised by the locals from a bike race

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Kevin Peter Hall British actor with Helena Bonham Carter October 1988

Kevin Peter Hall British actor with Helena Bonham Carter October 1988

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Peter Bowles Actor with Josephine Burge - July 1985

Peter Bowles Actor with Josephine Burge - July 1985

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Sir Laurence Olivier actor and wife Joan Plowright actress outside National Theatre

Sir Laurence Olivier actor and wife Joan Plowright actress outside National Theatre June 1987 Dbase MSI

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Charles Bronson Actor with his wife Jill Ireland at Actors Fund Benefit September

Charles Bronson Actor with his wife Jill Ireland at Actors Fund Benefit September 1987 Dbase MSI

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers at the Royal Film Performance March 1983

Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers at the Royal Film Performance March 1983 MSI

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Anthony Hopkins actor with Charlton Heston at the Caine Mutiny premiere party Dbase MSi

Anthony Hopkins actor with Charlton Heston at the Caine Mutiny premiere party Dbase MSi

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Vivien Leigh Actress with her ex-husband Leigh Holman at the wedding of their daughter

Vivien Leigh Actress with her ex-husband Leigh Holman at the wedding of their daughter dbase msi

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Kelly Brook and boyfriend Jason Statham attend the wedding of Big Breakfast

Kelly Brook and boyfriend Jason Statham attend the wedding of Big Breakfast Presenter Johnny Vaughan in Chelsea, August 1999

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Study for A Parisian Cafe : Man Seated at a Cafe Table, Reading a Newspaper, c

Study for A Parisian Cafe : Man Seated at a Cafe Table, Reading a Newspaper, c
1195575 Study for A Parisian Cafe : Man Seated at a Cafe Table, Reading a Newspaper, c. 1872-1875 (pencil on paper) by Repin

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, followed closely behind by her husband Prince Philip

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, followed closely behind by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, leaves the Royal train at Lime Street Station

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Football star Kevin Keegan shows off the new 'avengers'

Football star Kevin Keegan shows off the new "avengers"
Football star Kevin Keegan shows off the new " avengers" look fashion style at the launch of of a menswear range that he has selected and helped to design

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Leeds United player Terry Cooper on his wedding day with his bride Rosemary Boulton

Leeds United player Terry Cooper on his wedding day with his bride Rosemary Boulton. Billy Bremner kisses the bride. 12th December 1967

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: David Lloyd George British Prime Minister with daughter Megan in Folkestone in

David Lloyd George British Prime Minister with daughter Megan in Folkestone in 1911

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Faye Dunaway Actress at the premiere of Ordeal By Innocence in February 1985

Faye Dunaway Actress at the premiere of Ordeal By Innocence in February 1985 © mirrorpix

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Oliver Reed Film Actor being the tough guy on the set of The Big Guy August

Oliver Reed Film Actor being the tough guy on the set of The Big Guy August 1977 Dbase MSI

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Gregory Peck actor attends film premiere in velvet suit July 1973 Dbase MSI

Gregory Peck actor attends film premiere in velvet suit July 1973 Dbase MSI

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Barbra Streisand Singer and Actress with James Caan at the Royal Command Performance of

Barbra Streisand Singer and Actress with James Caan at the Royal Command Performance of their film " Funny Lady" March 1975 dabse msi

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Italian actress Silvana Mangano with her two sisters, Natasha and Patrizia

Italian actress Silvana Mangano with her two sisters, Natasha and Patrizia, at the Premiere of her new film " Anna" in London. October 1952

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Hardy Amies - Mens Fashion 1962 Mens Fashions designed by Hardy Amies seen here

Hardy Amies - Mens Fashion 1962 Mens Fashions designed by Hardy Amies seen here outside a London Hotel. Men standing in the street wearing suits and tuxedos

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Tyrone Power actor with actress Dorothy Bromiley February 1956

Tyrone Power actor with actress Dorothy Bromiley February 1956

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Actor Gerald Campion (29) as Billy Bunter in January 1952

Actor Gerald Campion (29) as Billy Bunter in January 1952. The BBC show " Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School" runs weekly

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Prince of Wales presents cup to Cliff Porter, captain of The Invincibles

Prince of Wales presents cup to Cliff Porter, captain of The Invincibles, the nickname given to the 1924-25 New Zealand rugby union team which toured the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Canada

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Anniversary of Death. Grace Kelly - Princess Grace of Monaco who died 14th

Anniversary of Death. Grace Kelly - Princess Grace of Monaco who died 14th September 1982 from injuries she sustained in a car crash near Monte Carlo

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Camilla Parker Bowles, friend of Prince Charles

Camilla Parker Bowles, friend of Prince Charles

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: King George V

King George V
3781050 King George V; (add.info.: King George V, copy of the portrait by A. S. Cope, 1911. George V, British monarch, 3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936. Ruled 1910-1936)

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII)

The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII)
3781053 The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII); (add.info.: The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) copy of the portrait by A. S. Cope

Background imageFormal Attire Collection: Queen Mary 1867- 1953

Queen Mary 1867- 1953
3781052 Queen Mary 1867- 1953; (add.info.: Queen Mary, copy of portrait by William Llewellyn, 1910. WL, 1 December 1858 - 28 January 1941)



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"Formal Attire: A Timeless Elegance Captured in History" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the world of formal attire, where sophistication and style reign supreme. This collection of iconic photographs takes us on a journey through history, showcasing the impeccable fashion choices that have defined generations. In this sepia-toned photograph from 1921, we catch a glimpse of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Despite his revolutionary theories, Freud exudes an air of refinement with his tailored suit and polished shoes. Formal attire becomes more than just clothing; it becomes a statement of intellectual prowess. Moving forward to Buckingham Palace, we encounter the legendary comedic duo Morecambe and Wise proudly displaying their medals outside its grand gates. Their sharp tuxedos perfectly complement their mischievous smiles as they effortlessly blend humor with elegance. Formality doesn't always mean seriousness; it can be infused with laughter too. Even royalty embraces formal attire's allure as Queen Elizabeth engages Prince Philip while topless SuSu tribal dancing girls perform nearby. The contrast between traditional regality and exoticism is striking but showcases how formal wear adapts to different cultural contexts without losing its refined essence. Ava Gardner graces us with her presence during a Royal Command Film Performance in October 1955 alongside Queen Elizabeth herself. Both women radiate gracefulness adorned in exquisite gowns fit for royalty. Formal attire transcends time; it remains eternally captivating regardless of era or occasion. Abraham Lincoln's signed carte-de-visite from 1864 captures him wearing a suit that symbolizes dignity amidst turbulent times. His ink-stained fingers remind us that even great leaders must adhere to formality when shaping history's course. Returning once again to Morecambe and Wise outside Buckingham Palace, their playful antics showcase how formal wear can be both dignified and lighthearted simultaneously—a testament to its versatility.