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How Britain’s King Edward VII inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket – Queen Victoria’s son ‘invented’ the tuxedo which the designer turned into high fashion for women




To grasp how Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking – one of the most iconic women’s fashion creations of the 20th century – came to be, you first must understand the evolution of the tuxedo, perhaps the most iconic piece of menswear … ever.Did Yves Saint Laurent just deliver the season’s best collection?The tux, as we know it today, was an innovation by the eldest son of Britain’s Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales (who would eventually ascend to the throne as Edward VII). In his youth, rather than…



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