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Doublet

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watered silk lined with silk, trimmed with parchment lace

  • Museum number:

    T.324-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By the 1660s the traditional doublet and hose had altered from their forms earlier in the century. The doublet had become a very short garment that exposed the shirt underneath at the waist. This particular example is made of beige watered silk and decorated with parchment lace. The fronts and sleeves are paned, that is, fashioned in narrow strips that open to reveal the shirt. This doublet is part of an ensemble of matching cassock and breeches, reputed to have belonged to Prince Rupert (1619-1682). The breeches were too fragile to exhibit, and so a reproduction pair is shown here, carefully reproducing the exact style of the originals. Known as petticoat breeches, they were a very wide, full shape and open at the knee.

Physical description

Beige watered silk doublet decorated with parchment lace. The fronts and sleeves of the garment are paned. Lined with cream silk taffeta, the cuff faced with beige silk taffeta.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

1660 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watered silk lined with silk, trimmed with parchment lace

Descriptive line

Watered silk doublet, possibly made in England or France, 1660

Categories

Clothing; Formal wear; Textiles; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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