Tie Evolution

Still remember the character Fred Flintstone in the animated film series The Flintstones? Human figures in the stone age are depicted wearing animal skin clothing complete with a blue tie. In history, is it true that the tie was known in the stone age?

There has been no discovery about it. The tie was originally just a sign of respect in the military world. This is seen on terracotta in China and the Colonna Traiana (Trajan's Column) relief in Rome, Italy. At that time, both in the Chinese and Roman empires, soldiers did not wear these accessories. In its development, ties became clothing accessories to add a formal impression. 

Terracotta Army Tie

The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, when he died in 210 BC was buried with thousands of terracotta warriors who wore cloth around their necks.

Trojan Army Tie

Emperor Trajan's victory in conquering Dacia is enshrined in the Colonna Traiana (Trajan's Column) in Rome, Italy, which was built around 113 AD. In reliefs, thousands of his soldiers are depicted wearing various styles of necktie. 


This neck accessory was popular during the time of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), a prominent English poet. The shape is in the form of a stiff collar of white cloth that is piled up and wrapped around the neck.


Considered an early form of the tie. Became known in the 17th century. Worn Croatian mercenaries who helped France in the Thirty Years' War. After Louis XIV ascended the throne, this tie became fashionable. 


Worn by French soldiers during the battle of Steinkirke in 1692. Long cloth around the neck with lacy ends tucked into buttonholes. 


It was first imported from India around 1700, but its use was popular in England thanks to Jem Belcher, a young working class prizefighter. In America, it was already popular, usually worn by cowboys. 


In the early 18th century, cravats began to be replaced by stock, a stiff, folded cloth that wrapped around the neck and was buttoned or tied at the back. To be decorative enough, solitaire was added, a black silk ribbon tied under the chin like a modern bow tie. 

Modern Style

A man should wear clothes that are simple, functional, and discreet, said George Bryan "Beau" Brummell of England in the early 19th century. For the cravat, she chose a pure white, light, and carefully folded. He could stop and fix his cravat any time. Brummell's neat attire influences men's fashion style.


A bok entitled Neckclothitania by an English editor, John Joseph Stockdale, was published in 1818. It contains illustrations of 14 popular styles of putting on ties and for the first time the word "tie" was used. 


In the 1860s cravats with long ends began to resemble the modern tie. This cravat is also calleda cross tie (four-in-hand). The tie is concluded at the chin, the long tip hanging down the front of the shirt.


The year 1864 marked the start of the mass-produced ready-to-wear necktie which popular in Germany and the United States.


Appeared in the 1870s. Its name is taken from the Royal Ascot horse race. Generally made of silk with bright colors, worn around the neck, and concluded under the chin.


It was popularized by Pierre Lorillard V, an American tobacco entrepreneur, whose use was paired with a tuxedo (as an alternative to a tailcoat). The Lorillard tuxedo became a hit among fashion fans, except for the bow tie. 

Marlene Dietrich tie

Bow ties became women's accessories thanks to the appearance of Marlene Dietrich, a German-born actress, in the film Morocco (1930).

Langsdorf tie

Ties developed drastically after in 1924 a tailor from New York, Jesse Langsdorf, introduced a modern and patented tie shape. 

Ralph Lauren tie

American fashion entrepreneur Ralph Lauren launched a necktie with a width of 10 cm in 1970. This model tie is loved by the wider community.

Casual tie

In 2002 Canadian singer, Avril Lavigne, popularized the casual use of ties for young women.