Interactive: Man's French Silk Formal Suit, by Unknown Maker, 1765 - 70


This hand-sewn formal man’s suit is probably made of French silk, patterned in cerise and cream. It is lined with horsehair, lined and backed with silk. Such a luxurious material would have been worn for the most formal evening occasions, such as theatre or the opera. It is fairly lightweight, which suggests the suit was intended for summer wear. By 1760 the fronts of coats are starting to curve back. The side pleats are less voluminous than they were earlier in the century. The waistcoat has shortened to mid-thigh length. The collar seen on day wear is still absent in evening dress.

Museum No. T.137 to B-1932

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Selling Silks: A Merchant's Sample Book (Hardback)

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