SKH Erbprinz Luitpold von Bayern
Museum no. B.102-1993
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Photographic sepia postcard of portrait proportions, showing Prince Luitpold of Bayern in aesthetic dress of the type made popular by Oscar Wilde. He wears a loose-fitting single-breasted jacket of dark satin with lace-trimmed collar and cuffs, matching satin knee- breeches, dark stockings, and black patent pumps with large buckles. He is standing by a Louis Quinze sofa in a half-panelled room with an arabesque patterned wallpaper. Artistic men often wore a wide-brimmed soft hat, long hair and sometimes adopted knee breeches. Artistic dress continued to be worn throughout the twentieth century. However, after the First World War, mainstream fashionable dress became less cumbersome and restrictive.