The Tie

A Global History

Edited by the Swiss National Museum in Zürich

The Tie

Edited by the Swiss National Museum in Zürich

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Essays by Francina Chiara, Markus Ebner, Andrea Franzen, Anna Lisa Galizia, Joya Indermühle, Thomas Isler, Leonardo R. Koos, Alan Prada, Alexis Schwarzenbach, Christina Sonderegger, Andreas Spillmann, Luca Tori, Nic Ulmi, Philip Ursprung, and Martin Widmer

280 pages | 148 color plates, 25 halftones | 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783858817587 Published February 2015 Not for sale in the UK, Europe, China, and Hong Kong
The Steinkirk. The Jabot. The Lavallière. The necktie has been worn many different ways throughout the centuries, but there is still no better symbol of a man’s sartorial sophistication. This small detail can pull together the components of an outfit while also speaking volumes about the wearer’s sense of personal style. And, just as the preferred embodiment of the tie has shifted over time, so too has what it signifies.
The Tie: A Global History takes readers through the necktie’s long history, from the seventeenth century through to the present day, when it has enjoyed renewed popularity thanks to the keen eyes of street style photographers and the well-turned out characters of the popular television series Mad Men. Today, as at the pinnacle of its popularity in the 1950s, the modern “long tie” calls to mind for most the working professional, but the tie’s history has included forays into womenswear and even rock and roll. Consistent throughout the popular accessory’s past is the predominance of Switzerland as a source of both designers and silks in trade, and the book documents the tradition of Swiss quality and style, drawing on the vast archives of the Swiss National Museum in Zürich, the home of an accompanying exhibition.
Lavishly produced with more than one hundred full-color images, The Tie follows on the enormously popular Pirate Silk, which reproduced photographs capturing Switzerland’s historic silk trade, turning the focus on the important moments in the history of this accessory.

Foreword – Andreas Spillmann

Greeting Word – Thomas Isler

Introduction – Anna Lisa Galizia

The Art of Ties – Philip Ursprung

Through the Centuries in Ten Knots – Andrea Franzen (texts ) and Dimitri Broquard (illustration)

Artistic Knots

A Touch of Class – Leonard R. Koos

Needles and Pins

Pin-Ups and Politicians

The Tie in Women’s Fashion – Joya Indermühle

Taking a Walk Though Zurich’s Tie History – Martin Widmer

A Life in Ties – Alexis Schwarzenbach

The Fabric that Dreams are Made of

Silk Road Over the Alps – Francina Chiara

The Contemporary Tie – Alan Prada

Tom Ford. Super-Gentleman and Tie Maker – Markus Ebner

Rock’N’Roll’N Ties – Nic Ulmi

“I Was Born with a Tie” – Christina Sonderegger and Luca Tori

From Zurich to Love – Photos by Walter Pfeiffer

Image Credits




Review Quotes
Boston Globe
“Forty years ago men were routinely barred from fine-dining restaurants and the theater if they weren’t wearing a tie. Today the tie is more often a fashion choice than an obligation. Published in connection with an exhibit at the Swiss National Museum, The Tie is a sumptuous examination. In addition to essays by art historians and fashion editors, this coffee-table book features paintings by old masters as well as contemporary photography.”
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