King & Allen ‘Icon’ Special – The Suits of Salvador Dali
One of our favourite smaller stories of this month was about a man called Tomeu L’Amo who spent 25 years proving that an artwork he bought in an antiques store for €150 was a Salvadore Dali original.
Dali’s dressing style was almost as original, flamboyant and creative as his art. As well as his trademark chalk stripe double breasted suits (complete with pocket square), he was a huge fan of bright colours and rich, extravagant cloths such as velvet, silk and tweed.
His style is a reminder to us all that dressing well is as much about having fun and experimenting as it is following the trend.
Be warned, however. You can take things too far: for the launch of the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 Dali arrived to give a lecture wearing a full diving suit. The stunt backfired, however, when he nearly suffocated and had to be extracted from the helmet with a pair of pliers!
Here are King & Allen’s Top 10 Salvador Dali looks:
6. Three button tweed with velvet collar… and cane.
5. Double breasted chalk stripe, flamboyant waistcoat… and cane.
4. A cacophony of colours, cloths and accessories!
3. Shawl collar velvet smoking jacket.
2. The full works – smoking jacket, outrageous waistcoat, pinstripe trousers… and cane.
1. Simple, iconic and timeless. Two tone chalk stripe
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