Coat and waistcoat, about 1729

Coat and waistcoat, about 1729

Coat and waistcoat
France
About 1729
Coat: silk velvet, trimmed with gold lace
Waistcoat: silver brocade, trimmed with gold lace
Museum no. TK-2909
© The Moscow Kremlin Museums

This elegant coat and waistcoat demonstrate how closely the Russian court was following European fashion in the 1720s. The deep, curved cuff is the ‘boot-cuff’ sleeve that was in fashion from 1725 to 1735. The richness of the gold lace suggests that the ensemble was intended for Peter II’s wedding to Princess Ekaterina Dolgorukaya, but unfortunately Peter died of smallpox the morning of the ceremony, on 30 January 1730.