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Sartorial Inspirations in the Adventures of Tintin

post #1 of 17
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As I was going through my old collection of The Adventure of Tintin, I realized how subliminally I was influenced by these books at an early age of 12. Hergé had such a great sense of men's style.

Here are just a few shots:
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post #2 of 17

Just to resuscitate the post from above, I wholeheartedly agree. Part of this is probably due to the fact that most of the Tintin books were written during what some many consider a "golden age" of men's fashion (i.e. 1930 through the 1960's).

 

FWIW, I thought that Spielberg did a good job with the film as well.

post #3 of 17

It probably won't, but I think it would be awesome if this thread went somewhere (like actual inspired fits)

post #4 of 17
I snagged this one from the thrift thread. I hope eazye won't mind.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
I had no ideas you guys were reviving this old thread. Here are some more pics. I think the reason that this thread was half dead is that most Americans don't know much about Tintin, whereas the rest of the world grew up reading it, over and over again.

If you read the entire collection, you can observe how men's style evolved from the 30's to the 70's, and how something never changes.






post #6 of 17

Saw a documentary on Hergé a couple of years ago. I think he started his career drawing clothes for ads and catalogues for his fathers men's fashion company

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrcmcklwht View Post

Saw a documentary on Hergé a couple of years ago. I think he started his career drawing clothes for ads and catalogues for his fathers men's fashion company

Cool. Didn't know that.

It's well known that Hergé was obsessed with getting all the minute details right when drawing things such as ocean liners and aeroplanes, and I think that extreme attention to detail is also very evident in his depiction of clothes.
post #8 of 17
otheme, you keep posting pictures, I'll keep admiring them.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Here are some additional interesting facts -- one character in the Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet, Chang, was actually a real-life buddy of Herge during his student years. Chang was a renowned artist in both China and Europe.

Check out these photos of Herge and Chang in the 30's. Talking about being rakish.






post #10 of 17

I wish I had read Tintin back in the day. I only read the Asterix comics (which were pretty damn good)
 

post #11 of 17
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I wish I had read Tintin back in the day. I only read the Asterix comics (which were pretty damn good)
 

 

I always found Asterix much more entertaining than Tintin. The jokes are better, especially in the English adaptation (mere "translation" would be too narrow a word for the magic worked by Hockridge & Bell).

 

To keep this vaguely on clothes, Goscinny & Uderzo could occasionally be found wearing some interesting hats... ;)

 

post #12 of 17
I love Tintin, the illustrations are great and the stories are really witty.

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Originally Posted by otheme View Post

If you read the entire collection, you can observe how men's style evolved from the 30's to the 70's, and how something never changes.

I noticed this too; it is pretty interesting to see this evolution.
post #13 of 17

Politically-incorrect characterizations aside, I liked how Herge depicted the dress of the Japanese delegates (i.e. Mitsuhirato) in The Blue Lotus. I find it interesting that they always worse bowties with their morning dress, which you rarely (if ever) would see today:

 

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
The villains in Tintin are always more rakish than the good guys. I think every possible variation of suits, etc., discussed here have been covered by Herge at some point, about 50 years ago.






Edited by otheme - 12/6/12 at 2:09pm
post #15 of 17
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The villains in Tintin are always more rakish than the good guys.

I feel like that's true in a lot of books and movies.
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