Museum Director Sparks Neckwear Crisis

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Martin RothThe first foreign director of the V&A museum, Professor Martin Roth, has publicly denounced the decline of neckties worn by British men, in an interview with Country Life magazine.

The 57-year-old German professor and former general director of the Dresden State Art Collection bemoaned slipping sartorial standards in Britain, declaring “nobody seems to wear a tie in London any longer – only the security guards.” Supporting Prof. Roth’s communiqué, a recent survey discovered only 18 per cent of British office staff regularly wear a tie. Furthermore, when interviewed by The Telegraph, V&A staff commented “[Roth] is always impeccably dressed, never seen without a suit and tie.”

Never mind statistics, when civilians consider a man wearing a tie as “impeccably dressed”, you know standards have collapsed by the wayside. Considering Martin Roth’s authority as a member of several cultural boards, a gentleman in his position should not only exemplify the right apparel – as worn the correct way – but with sartorial finesse in toto.

Instead, what The Chap unearthed was shameful photographic evidence of Martin Roth sans tie, clutching a diagram showing how to knot a Four-in-Hand, presumably given to him by one of his security guards. Stop sweating, Mr. Roth. We’ve already uncovered your clumsy attempt to avert our gaze from your hypocritical faux-pas. Now eat your words and promptly don a tie, or it might be time for the Chaps to make another protest at the V&A.


The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.

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