London Collections Men: From Tweed to Tinie Tempah

By sarah madden, blog editor on 5 Jan 2015

We’ve long been fascinated by menswear at the Museum of London – last year we showed you how the three piece suit has its origins in the capital, and just recently we demonstrated how the history of tweed is woven into the fabric of tailoring in London.

This month, to coincide with London Collections: Men AW15, we’ve been lucky enough to work with iconic Londoner and musician Tinie Tempah to bring both the three piece suit and tweed bang up to date in a special collaboration.

Tinie Tempah has a final fitting with head cutter Stephen Allen at Savile Row tailors, Norton and Sons

Tinie Tempah has a final fitting with head cutter Stephen Allen at Savile Row tailors, Norton and Sons

The museum’s London Tweed design takes its inspiration from Sherlock Holmes, a character famous for wearing a tweed deerstalker and cape, and subject of our latest exhibition. The fabric’s colour palette was chosen following a close analysis of three sources:

  • The use of colours in the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (blue and yellow accents, against an urban grey)
  • Late Victorian tweed and hat fashions found within the Museum of London’s fashion and textile collection
  • The latest menswear trend forecasting data

Once Tinie’s new suit has had its moment in the spotlight on the red carpet at London Collections: Men it will be added to the textile and fashion collections to help document contemporary menswear in the capital. Find out more about the Museum of London’s fashion collections in a series of YouTube videos featuring our fashion curators Timothy Long and Beatrice Behlen, over on our YouTube channel.

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