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

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work.

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Suit Sleeve Handbag

Suit Sleeve Handbag

Wonderfully witty and practical too, this eye-catching bag will be the envy of everyone. The bag has been cleverly recycled from none other than the s…

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Event - The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

Sat 28 March 2015–Fri 08 May 2015

DISPLAY: This display showcases 24 prints and drawings by French-born architect and designer, Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801) who was responsible for some of the most captivating and eccentric neoclassical ornamental designs ever produced.

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