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Lounge suit

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1918-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tweed, lined with linen

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Lady Beerbohm

  • Museum number:

    T.215 to C-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The lounge suit became popular during the 1860s because of its easy comfort. It originated from the 'lounging jacket', which was cut to fit the waist without a waist seam by means of a long dart from under the arm to the waist. By the 1870s the jacket was worn with matching waistcoat and trousers and had become popular for informal wear. In the early 20th century it replaced the frock coat and the morning coat.

The owner of this lounge suit was Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), the English essayist, caricaturist and master of a polished prose style.

Physical description

Lounge suit consisting of a single-breasted jacket, trousers, waistcoat of grey tweed, and flower for adornment. The tweed suit has a vertical grey stripe. The jacket is lined with black twill. The waistcoat is lined with linen and has a narrow black and wide brown stripe. The flower is added, passed through the lapel eyelet, as an adornment.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1918-1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tweed, lined with linen

Object history note

The lounge suit first appeared in the 1870's. It originated from the lounge jacket, which was cut to fit the waist without a waist seam by means of a long dart from under the arm to the waist.

Descriptive line

Lounge suit consisting of a jacket, trousers, waistcoat of tweed, and flower, Great Britain, 1918-1920

Categories

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

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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