a short history of the cummerbund

Haute Hippy pant courtesy of Tootsies / white tux jacket / black silk halter / Shot by Traci Ling.

The cummerbund. The accessory first started at a sash worn by Indian men for all occasions. It was adopted by the British military officers during Indian colonization as an alternative to a waist coat. The British apparently knew what was up about looking dapper in hot places. Civilians got a hold of this and made pleats face up to hold ticket stubs. Flash forward to today's black-tie-tomboys, who I recommend using said pleats to put away valet money or maybe a Midol.