TIME TO TAKE A BOW
With Bow Tie Day today, we revisit the vintage fashion trend, map its evolution over the years and celebrate its variations
Former American footballer Dhani Jones aptly puts forth the effectiveness of a bow tie when he says, “When you wear a bow tie, doors open for you ... It’s about the re-establishment of the gentleman.” The bow tie is known to have first emerged as a fashion accessory in the 17th century. Its demand since then has steadily increased. It was introduced to Indians by the British. However, it is today as much a hipster style statement as it is a classic one. There are myriad varieties — from loud prints and patterns to different designs and quirky colours — that are equally in demand today.
HOW THE FAD STARTED
It is said that bow ties first came into prominence in the 17th century in Croatia, where the mercenaries used to sport cravats. Later, these scarves of sorts were adapted by the French, and the result of the adaptation was what we today call the bow tie.
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