The Bond St. Beau Tract (11.)
Lyricist: Green, F. W.
Music Hall performers specialised in portraying the fashionable man about town, who were often known as 'swells'. Costumes consisted of smart suits, with flamboyant waistcoats and the obligatory cane and monocle. The 'Bond Street Beau' is smartly dressed and parodied those who could afford to buy their clothing in 'Savile Row'. Savile Row was, and still is the street at the centre of made to measure tailoring. The firm of Henry Poole and Co. opened in 1806 and the area quickly gained a reputation for fashionable men's clothing.