Before we saw denim-on-denim on our favorite stars and before the trend was incorporated into some of the biggest shows during fashion week, the look was originally deemed the ultimate fashion faux pas. In celebration of National Denim Day today, CR looks at the history behind the creation of the "Canadian tuxedo," which has given name to some of the iconic pop culture moments of all time, bridging the look from the butt of a joke to the fashion statement. According to historian Lynn Downey, the Canadian tuxedo was born from an incident in at an upscale hotel in Vancouver, Canada. As the story goes, American singer Bing Crosby loved the city of Vancouver and visited often he was even gifted a key to the city in by Mayor George Miller. Although Crosby had reached the peak of his career with international stardom, much of the world still didn't recognize him. The bellhop quickly realized what had happened and corrected the situation, making the concierge aware that the denim-clad man was no ordinary hotel guest. The concierge Art Cameron became famous in the situation. Levi's caught word of what had happened to Crosby in Vancouver and took advantage of the situation by designing Crosby a custom tuxedo made out of denim so no establishment could say he was too dressed down ever again. The jacket was manufactured from the same material used for Levi's classic jean with copper rivets.
ABOUT THIS WORD
The slang term Canadian tuxedo refers to an outfit pairing jeans with a denim jacket. A Texas tuxedo can describe this pairing as well as a suit jacket worn with jeans, cowboy boots, and cowboy hat. Although use of Canadian tuxedo and Texas tuxedo emerged in the s and s, the origin of the Canadian tuxedo itself is the subject of much speculation. One story goes that singer Bing Crosby was kicked out of a Canadian hotel in for wearing a denim-on-denim outfit rather than formal wear.
Top definition. Canadian Tuxedo. Today it refers to any outfit consisting of a denim jacket, with denim jeans. Originating in the s, crooner Bing Crosby was nearly rejected from an upscale hotel in Vancouver, BC Canada because he had been wearing an all-denim outfit. Levis heard of this and sent him a special-made all denim tuxedo.
A denim jacket , also called a jeans jacket or trucker jacket , is a jacket made from denim. Introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, it has been a popular type of casual apparel with both men and women and has been described as an iconic element of American fashion. Though a staple of western wear , the denim jacket has also enjoyed a more general appeal. The first recorded denim jacket was created in the United States in about by Levi Strauss , approximately ten years after he had invented jeans as a new type of work apparel intended for use by cowboys , miners , and railroad workers. According to GQ , there are "few things more iconic, more innately American, than a denim jacket" and the magazine has called it "a staple for stylish men".