The tuxedo, dinner suit or formal suit is a male outfit for semi-formal occasions. It originated in Tuxedo Park, New York. It was created by Pierre Lorrillardo IV in 1886. Pierre was a tobacco magnate from the 19th century who lived in Tuxedo Park.
The family socialised with New York's upper class at the local Tuxedo club and Pierre saw a need for a a less formal dinner jacket, he designed the tuxedo jacket himself and it quickly became a fashionable item for men at the time.
British resident and founder of Tuxedo Park was introduced to the tuxedo by the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII, who created the jacket with his tailor in 1865. The dinner jacket was designed by Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co. Potter had asked the Prince for advice on formalwear and was sent to the tailor. Pierre later modified the design to create the tuxedo. The jacket was debuted at the Tuxedo Club Autumn Ball in October, 1886.
It was thought that Pierre had no intention of debuting the shorter jacket at the ball, however his son Griswold, frustrated by the tail coats of the time donned the jacket along with his friends. The older members of the Tuxedo Club were perplexed by the jackets, however it quickly became a staple of New York's upper class in Tuxedo and also New York City.
Tuxedo from Henry Poole & Co.