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Fashion History

Dubrovnik baroque poet Ivan Gundulić; the oldest known portrait with a cravat, 1622.

The Cravat: Precursor to the Necktie

It is said that the piece of cloth around the necks of Croat soldiers aroused the curiosity of Parisians and King Louis XIII himself. Some even say that King Louis made them a mandatory accessory at royal gatherings and that he himself named this neck cloth "The Cravat" to honour the Croats.