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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1810-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Trousers were working-class dress in 18th-century Britain, worn mainly by sailors and miners. They were also worn by little boys during the period 1750-1800 as part of a boy’s ‘skeleton suit’. However, when the Prince of Wales (from 1820 George IV) wore a pair to stroll in along the beach at the new seaside resort of Brighton, Sussex, trousers became fashionable informal daywear for men. This pair retains the fall-front closing found on 18th-century breeches. By the 1820s trousers were acceptable formal daywear for men and remain an essential element of the male wardrobe.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1810-1820 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, hand-sewn

Descriptive line

1810-1820s, English; Beige cotton


Clothing; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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