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Formal ensemble

Formal ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1770-1780 (made)
    ca. 1772 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet, lined with silk satin; silk satin embroidered with chenille, silk thread and spangles, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Rev. R. Brooke

  • Museum number:

    858&A-1864

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This ensemble illustrates fashionable formal dress for men in the 1770s. The fine silk velvet and embroidered waistcoat indicate that it was probably worn during the evening, at the theatre, opera or the always convivial Assembly Rooms located in the more fashionable towns and cities. By the 1770s the waistcoat has shortened further and ends at the top of the thigh. The skirts continue to diminish in volume and move further to the back. The sleeves and cuffs are getting narrower. Compared to the florid Rococo style of the 1750s, the embroidery on the waistcoat is becoming more abstract and is restricted to a smaller area of the garment.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1770-1780 (made)
ca. 1772 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet, lined with silk satin; silk satin embroidered with chenille, silk thread and spangles, hand-sewn

Categories

Clothing; Formal wear

Collection code

T&F

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