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Some Thoughts: Bow Ties

posted Oct 21, 2011, 10:13 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Oct 22, 2011, 11:00 AM ]

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By Christopher Dionisio


My sister recently described me as a “fop.” After watching the second episode of this season of Glee, two of my friends have bestowed upon me the title of “unicorn.” Both of these sound borderline insulting, but I am here to assure you that they are not. Being called a “unicorn” essentially means you express who you are without fear. According to Merriam-Webster’s Tenth Edition Collegiate Dictionary, a “fop” is “a man who is devoted to…his appearance or dress.” Pretty much, these are responses to my wearing a neon pink bow tie to school on an almost daily basis.

History tells us that bow ties made their debut during the Prussian war of the 17th century. More than just a fashion statement, the Croatian assassins used these “scarves” to hold together the tops of their shirts. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the French adopted the idea into fashion. This early concept for a “bow tie” was called the “cravat” which is the French word for the “Croat.” The cravat later evolved into the more common bow tie.

Now that you know a few facts on this remarkable accessory, it’s time to discuss what it is about bow ties that are so amazing. Bow ties are traditionally worn to formal occasions. Award ceremonies, banquets, and other such formalities may call for the use of a conventional bow tie. High school students may choose to wear this magnificent piece of cloth for prom. However, more recently, bow ties have been showing up in places other than the night scene of upper-crusters. When I look around the St. Francis campus, it has become apparent that bow ties have become more casual. I have seen a freshman wearing the said article with a polo shirt. I in turn have done the same. On mass days, I have seen two students making a similar fashion statement. And I must not forget our beloved Mr. Godson.

The media has also expressed the growing power of the bow tie. American singer/songwriter and current Glee star Darren Criss has expressed a particular interest in bow ties. He has worn bow ties to almost all the red carpet events he has attended and at many of the concerts where he has performed. On Glee, he continues this trend in the character of Blaine Anderson. Another pop culture icon who uses bow ties is the Eleventh Incarnation of The Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith, in the BBC hit “Doctor Who.”

Bow ties are more than a fashion accessory; they’re a life-style, so buy one today.