Evening dress suit, Charles Wallis Ltd.

Evening dress suit, Charles Wallis Ltd.

Evening dress suit
Charles Wallis Ltd.
1923, London
Woollen cloth, with silk trimming and lining
Museum no. T.232 to B-1962
Given by Mrs E.L. Rothfield

By the 1920s the full evening dress suit had crystallised into a recognisable and lasting style. It consisted of a tail coat, a white waistcoat and trousers to match the coat. The coat was cut as double-breasted but was always worn open. Changes in fashion did occur, but they affected details such as the width of the lapel or the cut of the trousers.

This suit was worn by the husband of the donor. She dated each item in her collection and also sent the accessories that she considered appropriate for each outfit. Mr Rothfield died in 1931. He was a slim, elegantly dressed man, who was meticulous about his dress.