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Britain's 50 best dressed men

11 December 2004 to 20 February 2005

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

Michael Caine, 10th August 1965. Photographer: Stephen C Archetti. © Getty Images Gallery'Whether turning over Turin or getting Carter, everyone's favourite eastender put the idea of working class Brit Cool on the map. Anyone got a problem with that?' - GQ Robbie Williams, circa 2002. Photographer: Jake Chessum. © Getty Images Gallery'Whether suited, booted or leather suited (as on this occassion in Los Angeles) the Stoke-on-Trent Sinatra does it his way' - GQColour Kodak Professional Endurer C-Type Photograph, 20 x 16 inches Orlando Bloom, October 2003. Photographer: James Dimmock. © GQ Magazine'He went up against Johnny Depp and won. He battled the Orcs and won. He was nominated GQ's Best Actor last year and won. That's style.' - GQColour Lambda Photograph, 20 x 16 inches Jarvis Cocker, circa 2002. Photographer: Zed Nelson. © GQ Magazine'Fashion's unlikliest hero. When Pulp finally came good circa 1994, many mocked, but since then he's modelled for Marc Jacobs. Uncommonly cool.' - GQColour Fuji C-Type Photograph, 30 x 40 inches At home With Oliver. Photographer: Chris Ware. © Getty Images Gallery'The saloon car schmutter is pure Reed - the man who dressed for every occasion. Fortunately for him, every occasion was a trip to the pub.' - GQColour Lambada Photograph, 20 x 24 inches Shaken not stirred, 17 July 1968. Photographer: Peter Buck. © Getty Images Gallery'He brought humour to the role of Bond, and a natty line in safari jackets too. But for those who prefer Britt to Homor, he's the man.' - GQSilver gelatin fibre photograph, 16 x 12 inches

All photographs © either Getty Images Gallery or GQ magazine.

Who are Britain’s best-dressed men? Which look best defines the essence of British style? Britain’s 50 Best Dressed Men showcased the nation's most fabulous fellows, from quintessential English gentlemen to sexy Scots.

Carefully selected from Getty Images Gallery’s comprehensive photographic collections and GQ magazine’s editorial archive, the exhibition was a fascinating assortment - an eclectic mix of the male personalities defining the moods and attitudes of men’s fashion through the eras.

It included the classic cool of 007, cheeky pop icon Robbie Williams, the sultry screen presence of Brit actor Jude Law, original cockney rebel Michael Caine, 60s playboy George Best and Mancunian mop-top Liam Gallagher.

Do you favour the caddish, lounge-lizard style of Oliver Reed and Terry Thomas or the bespectacled sophistication of Peter Sellers and Jarvis Cocker? Either way, this exhibition challenged perceptions of what makes the British man ‘cool’.

The photos, wittily captioned by the writers at GQ, covered all aspects of male fashion from smartly-tailored cuts to the downright flamboyant. Picked for their individual sense of style and carriage, the chosen few displayed the timeless quirks that make them ever popular with the public. Where else could you find Johnny Rotten next to Winston Churchill, Adam Ant next to David Niven, and Ewan McGregor alongside Alec Guinness?


Britain's 50 Best Dressed Men exhibition was organised by Getty Images Gallery in association with GQ magazine.

Britain’s 50 Best Dressed Men originally appeared in May 2004 edition of GQ Magazine, published by Conde Nast.

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