The Museum of London have announced they intent to grab a potential slice of World Cup history – one of Gareth Southgate’s waistcoats!
They want the England bosses’ famous touchline trend to form part of its permanent collection.
First worn by King Charles II, they say waistcoats have played an intrinsic part of men’s fashion history fro hundreds of years.
Southgate, who will lead England in his traditional attire against Croatia on Wednesday, is the “latest chapter in this illustrious legacy”.
The museum’s Senior Fasion Curator Beatrice Behlen says the Three Lions’ three-piece is the in-trend at the moment – and they can’t miss the chance to have one on display.
“Gareth Southgate’s now iconic waistcoats have helped bring the three piece suit back into fashion,” she said. “It was a trend that was started in 1666 by none other than King Charles II, who was spotted in London by Samuel Pepys in what is now known as the first waistcoat.
“Three piece suits were a key part of English fashion for centuries, with an integral role in men’s wardrobes until the 1960s. Now the Museum of London is looking to acquire this latest chapter in waistcoat history, for its permanent collection.
“Waistcoats were born in London in 1666, promoted by King Charles II. The new fashion soon spread and for at least 300 years a three piece suit soon formed a key part of every man’s wardrobe.
“Now Watford-born Gareth Southgate is reviving that London tradition and bringing waistcoats home to the forefront of fashion.
“The Museum of London has a large fashion collection with garments ranging from the 16th century to the present. Our earliest waistcoat dates from the late 17th century, our most recent from 2014.
“This acquisition would be a fantastic addition to our holdings and would come at an exciting time for us while we build the London Collection as we plan the New Museum in West Smithfield.”