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1955 – Sharp Dressed Man

Mid-century fashionable men

In 1983, ZZ Top sang about the Sharp Dressed Man. In 1955, Jon Whitcomb illustrated him. The popular artist had a monthly column where he displayed his artistic talents to readers of Cosmopolitan. For the May 1955 issue, he choose the topic of men’s fashion and told about 7 personalities who excelled at dressing sharp. The men you see above are radio executive Ray Hughes, entertainer Perry Como, and Illustrator Alex Ross.

The men you see below were also included on the list. They are advertising exec Gene Davis, personality Tony Martin, Jon Whitcomb (yes, he included himself), and illustrator J. Frederick Smith.

Whitcomb also offered a pithy paragraph that accompanied his illustration. Here, we learn a bit more about each man’s wardrobe, and what he wore to bed. From this TMI, we learn that 5 of the 7 men “sleep raw”.

Check it out.

Ray Hughes – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
Perry Como – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
Alex Ross – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
Gene Davis – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
Tony Marvin – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
Jon Whitcomb – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
J. Frederick Smith – Cosmopolitan May 1955 – Illustration by Jon Whitcomb
What the Boys are Wearing – by Jon Whitcomb – Cosmo May 1955

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