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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Emile Pingat (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk voided velvet, white artic fox and silk chenille fringe, lined with machine-quilted satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs G. T. Morton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dolman-sleeved jacket was considered the epitome of luxury and good taste in the late nineteenth century. It would have been thought highly fashionable in combining fur as a trimming and a feather design in the fabric, elements from the natural world that fascinated society at the time.

Made in the fashion house of Emile Pingat from expensive materials, it was a garment that only a wealthy, society lady could afford. The Paris fashion house of Pingat (1860-96) was as highly esteemed as that of Charles Worth and known for superb craftsmanship and elegance.

The jacket is lined with machine-quilted satin so would have been warm to wear. It has a single hook fastened at the neck and was designed to fall straight down with a smooth line at the front, and for the back to sit neatly over the fashionably exaggerated bustle of the time.

Physical description

Dolman-sleeved jacket of cream silk voided velvet with a design of ostrich feathers, trimmed at the neck and front, cuffs and hems with white artic fox and a silk chenille fringe. Lined with machine-quilted satin.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1885 (made)


Emile Pingat (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk voided velvet, white artic fox and silk chenille fringe, lined with machine-quilted satin

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's label

Descriptive line

Jacket of silk velvet and fox fur, made by Pingat, Paris, 1885.

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Clothing; Evening wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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