Eric Musgrave

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Sharp Suits (Revised Edition 2013)

For the revised edition of Sharp Suits, we have changed the cover images, added eight more pages, lost some pictures and brought in a few new others, and gained a fine new foreword courtesy of Timothy Everest MBE. We have lost the paper cover and very slightly reduced the dimensions. All in all, it’s a very handsome production, published, as before, by Pavilion, an imprint of Anova Books. The new cover price is just £14.99 and can be ordered here.

Steve McQueen wearing a Douglas Hayward suit in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) has been moved from inside to the cover.Blog Sharp Suits 2013 new front cover

Also previously inside the book, Edward, Prince of Wales, shows how to mix patterns – five in this instance.

Blog Sharp Suits 2013 back cover

My thanks go to Tim Everest for the new foreword.

web Sharp Suits 2013 Timothy Everest MBE

I was very pleased to include this image from 1974 of Andrew Ramroop modelling his own outfit at the London College of Fashion. He is now guvnor of the Maurice Sedwell firm on Savile Row.

web Sharp Suits 2013 Andrew (Madan) Ramroop

The revised edition allowed me to include several well-dressed men whom I missed out of the first version. I love David Niven’s suit so much I may have it copied.

web Sharp Suits 2013 David Niven

I changed the image of Tommy Nutter and added a couple of related ones – Ringo Starr for the Holland & Sherry cloth firm and the same outfit reworked for a British postage stamp from 2012.

web Sharp Suits 2013 Nutters

I sneaked in a Fred Astaire image as I regretted not having him in the original book.

web Sharp Suits 2013 Fred Astaire p56-57

A new addition sees Ciro Paone, founder of the Neapolitan firm of Kiton, placed opposite Giorgio Armani.

web Sharp Suits 2013 Ciro Paone of Kiton

Islington-based Charlie Allen comes from a tailoring dynasty and made me several fine suits years ago. Finally I decided I ought to be in this edition – I am seen in a suit by my old pal Roger Dack from 1990. Happy days!

Blog Sharp Suits 2013 Charlie Allen