Cloak

1560-1569 (woven), 1580-1590 (altered)
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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery
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A cloak was an essential component of the fashionable ensemble for a 16th-century gentleman. While most were intended as protection against the weather, those made of expensive fabrics such as silk, and richly decorated, were primarily symbols of wealth and social status. Usually worn over the right shoulder, a fine cloak allowed a young ‘gallant’ a dramatic flourish when entering or departing a room.

This example is made of Italian silk with a red pile in a palmate pattern on a voided cream satin ground. It was probably crafted from another garment, possibly a petticoat. The collar, front and hem of the cloak have been decorated with applied yellow satin outlined with silk cords, in a scrolling design of stylised foliage.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk cut velvet lined with linen with an applied border of satin, couched silk cords, edged with a silk fringe
Brief Description
Man's cloak, 1580-90, Spanish; Crimson voided Florentine velvet, appliqued decoration, velvet woven 1560-70
Physical Description
Red silk cut velvet lined with yellow linen with an applied border of yellow satin, couched green and cream silk cords, edged with a red silk fringe
Summary
A cloak was an essential component of the fashionable ensemble for a 16th-century gentleman. While most were intended as protection against the weather, those made of expensive fabrics such as silk, and richly decorated, were primarily symbols of wealth and social status. Usually worn over the right shoulder, a fine cloak allowed a young ‘gallant’ a dramatic flourish when entering or departing a room.



This example is made of Italian silk with a red pile in a palmate pattern on a voided cream satin ground. It was probably crafted from another garment, possibly a petticoat. The collar, front and hem of the cloak have been decorated with applied yellow satin outlined with silk cords, in a scrolling design of stylised foliage.
Collection
Accession Number
832-1904

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record createdAugust 25, 2005
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