Henry Poole & Co. Founder of Savile Row

The Bowes Museum

21 Sep 2013 – 11 May 2014

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A showcase of ceremonial costume and contemporary menswear, including the recreation of the 1865 dinner jacket made for the Prince of Wales.

Garments on display showcase the bespoke tailoring of Henry Poole & Co, which opened in 1806 and launched Savile Row.

The tailoring mastermind responsible for creating the tuxedo, Henry Poole & Co. has dressed clients including Napoleon III and Winston Churchill over the course of its illustrious history.

It has also been making state livery for the Royal Mews since the reign of Queen Victoria, holding the Royal Warrant to King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Notable exhibits include a single breasted jacket in Churchill stripe and a tweed jacket in cheviot wool.

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Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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