Dress coat and waistcoat, 1760s. Museum no. T.28 & A-1952. Given by W. R. Crawshay

Dress coat and waistcoat, 1760s. Museum no. T.28 & A-1952. Given by W. R. Crawshay

Dress coat and waistcoat
1760s
Museum no. T.28 & A-1952
Given by W. R. Crawshay

Such a luxurious silk velvet elaborately embellished with silver-gilt thread would only have been worn for high-society events at Court. The embroidery is a dense pattern of large flowers and leaves, executed in a variety of threads with purl and spangles. This very formal style of dress was quite conservative in style. The flared skirts of the coat, deep cuffs and absence of a collar reflect the fashions of the 1750s. The provenance of this ensemble suggests an Italian origin.