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An ensemble made from black wool has been the uniform of the middle-class professional – doctor, lawyer, clergyman, academic, merchant, businessmen - since the late 16th century. This tradition continued through the 19th century and well into the 20th. The sombre colour of this suit befits the sober profession of its wearer, Thomas Coutts (1735-1822), the founder of Coutts Bank. The notched collar and cut-away front of the coat reflect early-19th-century fashions. On the other hand, the old-fashioned breeches are appropriate for Mr Coutts's advanced age.

Museum no. 371-1908

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Luxury Goods from India: The Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker

Luxury Goods from India: The Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker

Luxury Goods from India highlights key objects from the V&A's unrivalled collection of furniture and objets d'art from India and Sri Lanka. Many of th…

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Game: Luxury Time

Are you worthy? Do you have the skill and focus to take on our challenge of making three luxury objects in our online game?

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Event - Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk 2015

Mon 28 September 2015–Mon 07 December 2015

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: This course will present the stories behind the beautiful textiles displayed in the Museum and include medieval silks and Renaissance velvets, knitted wool, printed cottons, linen suits and merino wool base-layers, ancient Egyptians, merchant seamen, pickpockets, royalty and laundresses.

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