Greg Wise as Willoughby in Sense & Sensibility.
Beau Brummell and Co.
Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman.
It was not easy to stabilize the huge, slippery cravats - until the Tie School was founded, that is. Opened in Paris by an Italian businessman, it offered lessons, which lasted a trying six hours, at 54 francs each. Books with elaborately illustrated instructions were included in the price - one showed over twenty cravat styles.
And not surprisingly, the hottest new accessory was the pearl-headed tie pin.
Titanic Tie Pins
By the 1850's, with the Industrial Revolution booming, gentlemen were too busy to fuss with their clothes; the flowing cravat was trimmed back to a modest, narrow bow tie.
But, as men's clothing styles grew more austere, the necktie became on of the last spots for a fashion plate to flaunt his individuality. There was a brief flurry of favor for stocks and scarves during the 1860's.
Until a compromise was reached: the simpler, knotted, four-in-hand tie that school boys and Wall Street financiers wear today.
Robert Pattinson in the upcoming period drama, Bel Ami.