Of all the near mythic stories about Sir Winston Churchill - his wit, his steeliness, his leadership through some of the worst moments in British history - there’s a tale that nods to his early sense of polish and appropriateness. It was as a young student at Harrow that he wrote to his mother requesting a list of essentials, with the terse instruction to send “breeches from Tautz”; a rather exacting specification from this precocious, if well dressed, young man.
He was referring to E. Tautz, the 151-year-old tailoring institution that would become a key component of his now-iconic wardrobe. It’s an aesthetic that is depicted to perfection in The Darkest Hours, the hotly anticipated new film starring Gary Oldman as the leader, swollen though the magic of prosthetic make-up and dressed - by costume designer Jacqueline Durran - in the same Savile Row suits and gentlemanly accessories that the...
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