Gladstone Collar

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How to say it: as it looks

Traditional Features: 

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  • standing collar
  • points pressed to stick out horizontally
  • traditionally worn with a silk scarf or Ascot tie

Origins…

…of the style: The Gladstone collar was made popular by the British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone during his term in the 1890s and the style remained popular through the early 1900s, a time when men dressed in formal wear on an almost daily basis. But as men began to adopt a more casual approach to dressing the Gladstone collar gradually fell out of favour, and was replaced by the more comfortable, turn-down collar.

However, while the Gladstone style collar fell out of popularity decades ago, it never truly disappeared. The winged collar is a descendant of the Gladstone (it is the same shape but doesn’t sit as high on the neckline and is less stiff ) and is still the ultimate collar style when it comes to Black and White Tie fashion for men.

Originally the Gladstone collar was strictly part of men’s fashion, and while this is no longer the case, it has never really crossed over into women’s wear in a big way. They do appear in women’s tuxedos and occasionally on the catwalk, but are not often found in the general fashion marketplace.

…of the name: The collar style is named after William Ewart Gladstone who wore the style while serving as the British Prime Minister in the 1890s.

There isn’t a lot of information about the Gladstone Collar out there, but what I could find is here and here.

21st Century Gladstone Collars

The Gladstone doesn’t really exist in modern women’s wear (outside of uniforms), and even its descendant the winged collar isn’t super popular. Here are the few I could find.

Lagerfeld Todd Lynn

Lagerfeld, Todd Lynn

 

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