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A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew clothes custom-fit to individuals, and to repair clothes.

Although the term dates to the thirteenth century, tailor took on its modern sense in the late eighteenth century, and now refers to makers of men's and women's suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or silk.

Traditional made-to-measure tailoring is called bespoke tailoring in the United Kingdom, where the heart of the trade is in London's Savile Row, and custom tailoring in the United States and Hong Kong.

Famous fictional tailors include the tailor in The Emperor's New Clothes .

Related terms

  • A tailor-made is a womans' suit consisting of a (usually) woollen or tweed coat and skirt; the name arose during the Edwardian period.
  • As an adjective, tailor-made (from the second half of the twentieth century usually simplified to tailored) refers to clothing made by or in the style of cothes made by a tailor, characterized by simplicity of cut and trim and fine (often hand-)finishing; as a women's clothing style tailored is opposed to dressmaker.
  • Rodeo tailor is a term for a creator of the flamboyant costumes typical of country and western musicians, characterized by extensive hand embroidery, an abundance of rhinestones, and 'cowboy' details such as pearl snaps and arrowhead pockets.
  • In some documents, "tailor" means "adjust", "tailoring" - "adjustmend"
The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailor).  1/3/06

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