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Formal ensemble

Formal ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, trimmed with silver-gilt braid and silk twill, lined with silk, backed with wool, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Spickernell

  • Museum number:

    T.149 to B-1937

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ensemble illustrates fashionable formal dress for men in the late 1770s or early 1780s. The fine wool with a very narrow silver braid indicates that it was probably worn during the day - for visiting friends for tea, walking in a park or shopping. By the late 1770s the waistcoat is ending at the top of the thigh. The skirts are narrow and fall between the side and back seam of the coat. The cut of the sleeves is quite tight and the cuffs narrow. By 1780 the small stand-up collar that appeared two decades earlier has evolved into a turn-down style. The pale shade of the ensemble signals a trend towards more subdued colours in men’s fashion.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1775-1785 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wool, trimmed with silver-gilt braid and silk twill, lined with silk, backed with wool, hand-sewn

Object history note

This ensemble may have been worn by Joseph Green Esq (b.1737-d.1810), a wine merchant in Birmingham. A portrait, in the posession of the donor's family, of which the V&A has a photograph (V&A negative number 77412), shows Green wearing a seemingly identical ensemble.

Descriptive line

Wool, 1775-1785, English; Buff, trimmed with silver-gilt

wool, 1775-1785, English; Buff, trimmed with silver-gilt

Wool, 1775-1785, English; Buff

Categories

Clothing; Formal wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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