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Famous Men and their Influence on Ties – Fred Astaire

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

There is no doubt that Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) is one of the most enduring personalities to affect the way we dress today. With a career spanning 76 years and 31 musical films, he exhibited his dancing, singing and acting skills on stage and the silver screen. Fred Astaire and his flawless silhouette was often features on the cover of popular magazines wearing some of the finest suits, ties, and top hats.

Fred was well known for his fine London-tailored suits. But he had a tendency to wear light colored ties, and often pairing stripes and dots. His nonchalant attitude was extremely likable, conveying a sense of elegance and graceful living.

Fred was considered a fashion icon and continues to influence men’s fashion today. He often wore old ties as belts, which may catch on at some point. His legacy may live on, but may be forgotten at some point as nobody as played Fred Astaire in a current film or musical. He always refused permission for such portrayals, saying, “However much they offer me – and offers come in all the time – I shall not sell.” Astaire’s will included a clause requesting that no such portrayal ever take place; he commented, “It is there because I have no particular desire to have my life misinterpreted, which it would be.” You don’t see that too often these days! May his elegance, couth, fashion, and legacy live on.

Wear a dotted tie or a simple striped – black and white tie in honor of a great man.