Oxford DNB biography podcast: Henry Croft (1861-1930),the London road sweeper who founded Pearly Kings and Queens’ tradition.
‘Henry Croft’s first suit, which dates from about 1880, took the form of a “smother” suit, with the fabric covered by many thousands of buttons. He is thought to have created seven suits for himself—as well as suits for others and a range of pearly hats, caps, belts, ties, and an overcoat using more than 30,000 buttons and weighing approximately 25 kilograms.’
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Image credit: Pearly Kings at Highgate Festival, Summer 2009, by Julian Osley, via Wikimedia Commons.