Ruffles: This Never Happened to the Other Fella

Ruffled-Front Shirt

George Lazenby is the only Bond to have the distinction of wearing a ruffled-front dress shirt. And he wears not one but two in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Roger Moore can be seen in a ruffled-front dress shirt in The Persuaders, and he wore one in some production stills for Live and Let Die under a very nice double-breasted dinner suit, but Moore never actually wore one in a Bond film. Moore and Lazenby used the same shirtmaker, Frank Foster, and he made their ruffled-front shirts. Lazenby’s dress shirts both have a point collar, double cuffs and mother-of-pearl buttons down the front placket. The backs are darted and the shirts fit very close around the waist. Apart from his brown casual outfit, the ruffles are the only part of George Lazenby’s wardrobe that looks dated today.

Ruffled-Front Shirt

9 thoughts on “Ruffles: This Never Happened to the Other Fella

  1. I would love to poke fun at Lazenby’s OHMSS ruffled shirts; but being that I wore one just a few years later to my high school prom, I will withhold comment…

  2. When I see the treatment the guy in Tracy’s room gets, I do not think it wise to comment on Laz’s shirt ;) I rather like the shirt in the PTS. I initially thought it was pleated but the more discreet ruffle is very nice. You mention in passing Sir Roger’s unused blue dinner jacket in LALD, IIRC there was a very interesting detail on the jetted pockets.

  3. The ruffled shirt was a look back to the Romantic period of about late 18th century and early 19th century. But were shirts around then ever this ruffled, or was this a misreading of the full chested puffy white shirt in combo with an unstarched white cravat?
    I do know the shirts back then never buttoned all the way down. So what ever the answer, this was for it’s time a completely modern shirt. It maybe a little dated now, but I don’t mind it. The coloured polyester versions that followed in it’s wake are a different matter. Thank god bond never wore those.

  4. Matt, would be maybe interesting to have a look some time at the unused LALD dinner suit which is referred to. I also recall seeing images of this with Moore wearing this type of shirt. He wore one, Foster produced, of this style with evening wear in the final “Saint” series in 1968.

    While I personally wouldn’t care to wear a shirt of this style they are not that bad, as the other commentators have noted above. The one Lazenby wears in the pre title sequence was, I agree, the more subtle of the two and therefore more pleasing to the eye. I couldn’t really see Connery’s Bond in one of these although I think I have seen him, surprisingly, in private photos from this time wearing one.

  5. Do you have any idea of the construction of the front? Is it a laid on front piece sewn on? Any idea on how the ruffle is actually made?

    Cheers,
    Cam

    • I’ve never looked closely at a ruffled shirt in person, but I would assume the ruffles are a separate piece. They’re probably sewn with pleats and gathers.

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