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Cloak

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1670 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand sewn worsted wool, embroidered with silver and silver gilt thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Peter Barker-Mill

  • Museum number:

    T.62-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In Britain in the 1660s a new style of formal daywear was introduced for men, replacing the doublet and petticoat breeches. The new fashion was started by King Charles II, under the influence of King Louis XIV of France. Men now wore a long, fairly tight-fitting coat reaching to the knee. The breeches accompanying the new coat were much more closely fitting than previous breeches. Men’s dress continued to be elaborately decorated. This coat has silver braid applied horizontally down both fronts, with cuff facings of blue wool. The ensemble is shown with an equally lavishly embroidered cape. By the 18th century the cape had become a purely functional garment, used only for protective wear outdoors.

Physical description

Men's cloak of hand sewn brown worsted wool embroidered with silver and silver gilt thread.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1670 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Hand sewn worsted wool, embroidered with silver and silver gilt thread

Descriptive line

Cloak of embroidered wool, England, ca. 1670

Categories

Men's clothes; Fashion; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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