(Manton @ 09 Oct. 2004, 07:59) Beautifully fitting suit. Â The velvet collar is silly, however.
That is called a frog coat, it means that you are dealing with someone from noble descent I believe.
If my memory serves me correctly... Early in the Avengers, the producers called in Patrick Macnee to tell him to make his character Steed more memorable, to distinguish it from Ian Hendry's Dr David Keel, his co-star at the time. Macnee even refers to that period of the show as simply "Two Men in Raincoats", the old spy-show trope. To make his character stand out more from Hendry's more traditional leading man, Macnee decided to go over the top. Inspired by his father, an alcoholic Edwardian dandy and racehorse trainer, he began commissioning fancy velvet-collared jackets, wearing carnations and Chelsea boots, and carrying a whangee-handled umbrella and a Herbert Johnson bowler, which even at that time was a caricature of the British gent. This deliberately flamboyant personage was intentional, an affectation and not some misguided attempt by the makers of the show to try to have a typical British gentleman. As an Old Etonian, Macnee himself knew better. Instead, Steed became a whimsical, atavistic figure of a bygone age -- a self-parodying Regency dandy, an effetely-dressed fop with an iron backbone, a sword in his umbrella and a steel-reinforced bowler. This interplay between the trad living fossil Steed and the liberated, rather swinging Emma Peel was part of the magic formula of the series. Steed of course has been a sartorial beacon for me in my quest for the most original in dress as well as cuisine. Truly, he has been an Iron Chap.