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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Poplin, trimmed with silk braid, lined with silk, backed with glazed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Part of the Gorst collection, given by Mrs Katherine Rachael Thomas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ensemble illustrates fashionable formal dress for men in the late 1770s or early 1780s. It was probably worn during the day, for visiting friends for tea, walking in a park or shopping. The use of poplin, a silk and woollen blend, indicates it may have been made for summer wear. By the late 1770s the waistcoat ends 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. Silk braid and tassels adorn the coat, an influence from military uniform.

Physical description

Dress coat and waistcoat of green poplin with a silk warp and woollen weft. Trimmed with silk braid and tassels, lined with silk and backed with glazed cotton. Hand-sewn.

The coat is single-breasted with a turn back cuff. It has a tassel frog fastening and with similar tassels trimming the scalloped pockets and back vent. The coat fastens with three hooks and eyes.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1775-1785 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Poplin, trimmed with silk braid, lined with silk, backed with glazed cotton

Descriptive line

Dress coat and waistcoat of poplin with a silk warp and woollen weft, Great Britian, 1775-1785


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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