How Tommy Nutter’s Suits Changed Music and Menswear
You can see his work on the cover of "Abbey Road"
Whether you’re talking about Virgil Abloh or Nudie Cohn, it’s impossible to deny the ways that the worlds of fashion and music have converged over the years. Tommy Nutter, whose suits were famously worn by members of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, is one of the most iconic figures to occupy the overlap of menswear and music. London’s Fashion and Textile Museum held a retrospective of his work in 2011. The museum noted that Nutter and cutter Edward Sexton “combined up-to-the-minute styling with classic techniques to create the brand that set the Row swinging.” It’s a look that’s endured.
A new article by Mark Rozzo at Air Mail looks back at the impact of Nutter’s work — and observes that his legacy still has a presence in today’s menswear. Nutter died in 1992, but both Sexton and Joe Morgan remain active. Rozzo makes Nutter’s impact clear, hailing him for “bringing bespoke to the rock ’n’ roll set while bringing a big dose of rock ’n’ roll to bespoke.”
If you’re looking for an example of Nutter’s work, the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road offers a quick overview. As Nutter biographer Lance Richardson wrote in a 2018 article, “The famous photograph by Iain Macmillan shows three of them – John, Ringo and Paul – wearing Tommy Nutter bespoke. George wore denim, which was more his style, though nobody had told the others to sync their looks. They just wore what best expressed them at that particular moment.”
It’s an iconic aesthetic that has held up well over the decades — and which offers ample evidence that some looks never really go out of style.
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