Tying One OnSaturday, November 03, 2012
|Ivette Hernández - La Evangelista
|San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC
|George Waterhouse Hayward and a half-Windsor
Women from another generation (perhaps fewer in this one) like my mother, would tie ties facing me. Looking back at my mother doing that, I can imagine the comfort that came from being preened and combed by her. In contemporary terms, in our age of blatant pornography (can it not be blatant?), I can imagine taking a photograph of a grown man having a tie tied by a woman, from the front!
I know after having read JJ Lee's sartorial magnum opus The Measure of a man - The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, that the Duke of Windsor popularized fat tie knots and thus we have the Windsor knot or the full Windsor. I note that my father must not have been a full monarchist as his portrait has a lopsided (an endearing feature of such a knot) half-Windsor.
|The Duke of Windsor, Illustration by J.J. Lee
Last night I took my granddaughters to the Waterfront Theater to The Number 14. We laughed and laughed but I was also there to see that red haired woman (usually a theatrical director) Sarah Rodgers perform a routine she first did in 1998.
In my living room, not far from this monitor I have a pile of ties which I will scan for this blog. I chose a red one (in honour of Miss Rodgers). It is a made in San Francisco tie featuring a cable car.
While I sometimes tend to dress well I don’t think that just dressing well is enough. The tie puts in the finishing touch of nostalgia, purpose and in some cases to inject a political stance. Had the T-shirt not have been invented, men would still be wearing ties to prove points and promote causes. My favourite example of the latter is to wear my Fraser Institute (a right wing Vancouver think tank) tie to liberal functions. I remember going to one where the former Premier, Mike Harcourt noticed it and smiled knowing I did not mean any harm!
|Alex W-H and a half-Windsor
In my life with ties I have one regret. When I was 10 I insisted my mother buy me a green silk, hand-painted tie that featured Argentine Formula One World Champion runner-up Juan Manuel Fangio. The tie had in bold lettering Juan Manuel Fangio Sub-Campeón Mundial. In our 1955 move to Mexico from Buenos Aires it disappeared.
For those who do not know the Spanish word for tie is corbata. We know that the French word is cravate.
British scholar Noel Malcom in his book "A short history of Bosnia" offers valuable research about the racial relationship between Iranians and some ethnicities of the former Yugoslavia. He writes: "The name Croat, or Hravat in Serbian, is not a Serbian word. It is similar to the Iranian name Choroatos, found on tombstones of Greek dwelling regions of south Russia." He goes on to add that the original form of the word is "Khoravat" as mentioned in Avesta, meaning "friendly".
|Ned Pratt - Architect
In 1656, Louis XIV formed a regiment of Croat volunteers inside his army. The members of this regiment, in accordance to their ancient tradition, wore a neckerchief of plain of floral silk, its ends dangling from the tie. It could also be used as bandage if the soldier was wounded. After this time the Croatian scarf was accepted in France, above all in court, where military ornaments were much admired. The fashionable expression, ’a la croate’, soon evolved into a new French word, which still exists today: la cravate. Some 170 years later, the necktie became a universal fashion.
Source: Iran Chamber Society
|Betty Comden & Adolph Green - writers Singing in the Rain
|My animal ties
|Ian Ballantine -Publisher founder of Ballantine Books
|My Brooks Brothers Christmas tie & my Argentine Polo tie
|My grandfather Don Tirso de Irureta Goyena
& his chaffeur
|My two Ernst ties & centre a Brooks Brothers from NY City
|Cordelia, Ivette & my Fraser Institute tie
|David Baines - Vancouver Sun columnist
|My two Peruvian ties, notice coffee stain &
a Quebec tie given to me by Rosemary
|Brother Edwin Reggio, C.S.C. & my granddaughter
|From top, Smithsonian, Texas & my fave tie from Seattle
|C Valparaiso & my Seattle tie
|Sir Elton John, Diana Krall & Elvis Costello
|My Frank Lloyd Wright & my Michelsons of London
|My ugly ties
|My seconf fave tie with the paper airplanes,
my Christmas tie & the infamous
Fraser Institute tie
|Rosemary's Lord's ties