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My favorite movie tailor seen is from Fred Astaire's film Swing Time. An excellent movie / musical in itself without even the distraction of clothes
Using the same trick, Fred (Lucky Garnett) wins Ginger's hand by showing her how ridiculous his "foreign" rival (bandleader Riccardo) looks in formal trousers with cuffs. Fred's interest in clothes (gambling with a drunk for formal clothes) is "normal" in comparison with Riccardo. Besides pretending not to know how to dress, Fred also pretends that he doesn't how to dance. but learns remarkably quickly. Maybe his best. You might also remember Warren William's continual fittings as "Dave the Dude" in Capra's "Lady for a Day"-his "foreign" foil in the clothes department is "Pierre". I suspect many of us are watching these movies for the wrong reasons-as a style primer. Anyway, tutee, read many of your posts on AA (recall your posting of Laurence Fellows' illustrations?). Welcome.
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(PeterMetro @ Mar. 14 2005,14:47) It's not a tailoring scene, but I love the scene in Goodfellas when, newly rich, Henry Hill opens his walk-in closet and runs his hands down what look like 30 beautiful suits, grouped by color, trying to decide what to wear.
The late Henry Stewart of New York City made a lot of the suits for that movie.  I remember some years ago reading an article in one of those annual "Best of New York" issues of New York magazine.  Stewart was chosen as best bespoke tailor.  The reporter who interviewed him described how Stewart showed him the clip where Jimmy Burke kicks the living hell out of Billy Batts.  Stewart was beaming as DeNiro kicked the guy like a soccer ball: "Look how the collar never jumps away from his neck, not even a bit."
Forget the much-ballyhoo'd "pinch test" for canvas lapels. This is test by which all good suits should be judged. H.
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There's also the scene from Pretty in Pink where Molly Ringwald's character creates her own pink prom dress from two different dresses.
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Stewart was chosen as best bespoke tailor. The reporter who interviewed him described how Stewart showed him the clip where Jimmy Burke kicks the living hell out of Billy Batts.
One small correction - it was Jimmy Conway, not Jimmy Burke. Sorry - but one of my favorite movies. Most of mine have been covered here, but to be redundant all over again - - Above from Goodfellas - Pacino getting his Glen Plaid fitted in Scent of a Woman - Gekko telling Bud Foxx to "Get a decent suit, you cant come in here looking like that. Go to Morty Sills - tell them I sent you." - Hoodlum. Garcia telling Fishburn about Dutch Shultz - "He's not like us. He buys his suits off the rack." - The Rock. One of Connery's first requests when getting out of prison was - "The feel of a suit." and perhaps less appealing - The Godfather - Sonny to Michael - "You have to get em up close like this and badda bing, you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit."
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One small correction - it was Jimmy Conway, not Jimmy Burke.  Sorry - but one of my favorite movies.
Ah, yes. Jimmy Burke was the person's real name. I also read the Pileggi book on which the movie was based, and it must have stuck.
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There is a scene in the Hudsucker Proxy where the president of the company is reminiscing about getting a pair of trousers tailored and he is growling about how single-needle stitching is enough, while his tailor is telling him how double-needle will last forever. He, of course, is remembering this as the stitching in his belt loops which are the only thing keeping him from falling to his death begins to tear.
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Quadrophenia - when Jimmy is getting ready for Bank Holiday in Brighton and gets his new suit, unpacks it from its box, and holds it up looking at it with pride.   clean living under difficult circumstances   and +1 on Italian Job with Caine. that was the scene that first popped in mind when i saw this thread. dood gets out of prison and the first place he wants to go is his tailor.
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Good one, Brian, I had forgotten that.
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There is a scene in the Hudsucker Proxy where the president of the company is reminiscing about getting a pair of trousers tailored and he is growling about how single-needle stitching is enough, while his tailor is telling him how double-needle will last forever. He, of course, is remembering this as the stitching in his belt loops which are the only thing keeping him from falling to his death begins to tear.
Awesome one Brian, I completely forgot about that. The first scene I thought of when I read the title of this thread was Caine in "The Italian Job." I love that gray narrow lapel number he wears when picking up his Aston. A.
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