2009 looks to be a banner year for books on or relevant to classic men's clothing, with four or five titles in print and on the way. The newest of them falls into the relevant to category: Sharp Suits, by Eric Musgrave.
Musgrave, a UK writer about men's fashion for more than 25 years, has assembled an impressive collection of more than a hundred mostly new-to-me photographs, many of them from the Woolmark Company (formerly The International Wool Secretariat) Archive. The photos occupy more than half the pages and are the principal reason to own the book, in my opinion. I wish only that there could have been fewer examples of "look at me" stage costumes and runway fashion and more illustrations of elegant dress.
That said, several of the shots, including one of a seated photo of Calvin Klein wearing a bespoke gray flannel chalk stripe DB with a maroon necktie and another of HRH Prince Charles in beautifully accessorized morning dress, are worth the price of admission.