The Original, 2002/2012
Wool twill weave
185.4 x 162.6 cm (73 x 64 inches)
Gift of Guy Hills 2012.31.1
(April 26 –August 18, 2013)
Born out of a desire to present traditional Harris Tweed textiles for modern metropolitan wear, the innovative London firm Dashing Tweeds was founded in 2002 by Guy Hills and textile designer Kirsty McDougall. This suit, the first fruit of their collective labors, was tailored by Russell Howarth using cloth designed by McDougall. McDougall hails from the Scottish Hebrides, home of Harris Tweed textiles. The resulting creation is not only dashion in the jaunty sense, but designed to meet Hills’s personal desire for garments not made of spandex that were suitable for cycling around town. The broken-twill patterning refers to the tread of a bicycle tire. The textile lengths behind the suit are also made by Dashing Tweeds. High-tech reflective threads are incorporated into the absorbent wool fibers and the fabrics are treated with Teflon coating, making them appropriate for stylish all-weather biking. Blending modern materials with heirloom weaving production methods, innovative new textiles such as the reflective Lumatwill have featured prominently on Savile Row.