The corduroy guide part 2

The corduroy guide

The corduroy guide part 2

How corduroy got its name, number 2:

Some also claim the name was derived from the French “Corde du Roi” which means as much as ‘Cloth of the King’. Considering that cotton was not the fabric of kings, it seems less likely that this was, in fact, the origin of Corduroy.

How corduroy got its name, number 3:

Others think the word was derived from the English word cord and Duroy was an adaptation of durable. Of course, we will never know at what point in time Fustian was renamed Corduroy, but the first explanation seems more plausible.

Corduroy in the 20th century, number 1:

As formal wear took off throughout much of Victorian England, corduroy went from being the country gent’s textile of choice to the working-class fabric for uniforms. During the beginning of the 20th century, it became popular among Parisian intellectuals for trousers and jackets. By the 1930s it was also utilized for Alpine hiking clothing and by the 1960s The Beatles popularized it when they wore Corduroy suits.

Corduroy in the 20th century, number 2:

Up until then, most corduroys were worn by students and school-boys, workers, and farmers, and as such the industry was in a constant decline. The Beatles made corduroy fashionable again. In 1965, the President of the Board of Trade even claimed that The Beatles “saved the British corduroy industry”. In the U.S. corduroy became popular with Ivy League students in Princeton and Dartmouth and it went on to become an Ivy Style wardrobe staple. Throughout the seventies, eighties, and nineties Corduroy was still present but it had its ups and downs.

Corduroy today, number 1:

Today, corduroy suits or blazers are often associated with professors, who pair it with tweed, or people who are into the British Country Gentleman Style.