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    5 Nov

  1. Epic dress for epic men…

    While browing through Hedi Slimane’s Fashion Diary I came across a series of portaits of French cadets of the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in their dress uniforms, photographed in traditional poses. And I couldn’t help but think of what may be the greatest unintentional fashion photo ever taken (in my not so humble opinion)… the portait of a young Winston Churchill, seated, in his 4th Queen’s Own Hussars dress uniform, taken in 1895. The gold braiding on the jacket was so expensive he had to continue making payments for this magnificent suit of clothes long after he left the service. Great stuff…

    The colourful military uniforms of hussars from 1700 onwards were inspired by the prevailing Hungarian fashions of the day. Usually this uniform consisted of a short jacket known as a dolman, or later a medium-length “attila” jacket, both with heavy horizontal gold braid on the breast, and yellow braided or gold Austrian knots (sújtás) on the sleeves; a matching pelisse (a short-waisted overjacket often worn slung over one shoulder); coloured trousers, sometimes with yellow braided or gold Austrian knots at the front; a busby (kucsma) (a high fur hat with a cloth bag hanging from one side; although some regiments wore the shako (csákó) of various styles); and high riding boots (often Hessian boots). A sabretache, an ornate pouch hung from the belt, often completed the accoutrements. 

    British Military Uniforms from Contemporary Pictures: Henry VII to the Present Day by W. Y. Carman, 1968.

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