Christopher Breward interview with the BBC

When did the suit begin appearing in men's everyday wardrobes? And how has it changed, or been changed by, society?

Professor Christopher Breward, dress historian and author of The Suit: Form, Function and Style, discusses 400 years of the suit on BBC Worldwide's World Update programme.

The suit, he says, "denotes truths that are greater than a basic meeting of cloth, scissors and thread."

Click the play button below to watch the interview, which includes a slideshow of images from Christopher's new book.