We're excted to welcome our new Chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, to Columbia. He's well-known his fashionable bow ties, so in his honor, we're presenting a gallery of neckerchiefs, cravats, ties, and of course, bow ties, in historical illustrations from our collections. More information about each illustration is below.
Dapper bowtie-wearing gentlemen from Allgemeine Modenzeitung (1823, above; 1839, below)
Ties and cravats from the Bourbon Restoration (above) and the Second Empire (below) from Histoire du costume masculin français
Traditional dress of Lozére (above) and Alsace (below) from French Costumes by Lepaige-Medvey (London, 1939)
The great Gatsby himself (Limited Editions Club, 1980)
From the pages of Red Ryder Comics…
…and Dick Tracy!
And finally, the very first cover of Showme, MU's long-running student humor and literary magazine.