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The Tie

The Tie

A Global History

By (author) Swiss National Museum Zurich
Edited by Anna Lisa Galizia


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  • A global history of the quintessential gentleman's accessory
  • Appeals to men (and women) of style, fashionistas, and scholars alike
  • Richly illustrated, essays by international authors and fashion journalists
Full Description

A tie reveals a lot about its wearer, his social position, his aesthetic tastes or political stance. From the early 17th until the beginning of the 20th century, a diverse combination of fabrics, colours and knots adorned the male – and occasionally also the female – neck. Today, the tie is back in fashion and as an accessory newly interpreted, traditions are questioned, and so is the appropriate context for wearing a tie. This new book draws on the vast collection and archives held at the Swiss National Museum in Zürich. Coinciding with a major exhibition at the museum, The Tie features a wealth of images documenting the history and ever changing aesthetics of the neck tie, but also of designers’ and manufacturers’ sample collections, art works, and a photographic essay by Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer. Essays are contributed by international authors including scholars, fashion critics, and journalists.

About the Author
Anna Lisa Galizia is an art historian specialising in textiles and fashion. She has been curator of the collection of textiles, costume, jewellery, and toys at Swiss National Museum Zürich since 2013. Essays by Francina Chiara; Enrico Crispolti; Markus Ebner; Elizabeth Fischer; Andrea Franzen; Anna Lisa Galizia; Joya Indermühle; Thomas Isler; Leonardo R. Koos; Alan Prada; Alexis Schwarzenbach; Christina Sonderegger; Andreas Spillmann; Luca Tori; Nic Ulmi; Philipp Ursprung; Martin Widmer.
Scheidegger & Spiess
27th Nov 2014
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
340 mm x 260 mm
296 Pages
130 color, 25 b&w
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