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Man's ensemble

Man's ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1635-1645 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin, pinked, with applied braid, lined with linen, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:

    T.58 to B-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ensemble demonstrates fashionable formal dress for men in the late 1630s and early 1640s. The breeches are long and fairly full in cut, reaching just below the knee. The doublet has a high waist at the sides and back, extending to a point in front. A deliberate opening of the seam on each sleeve allows the fine linen shirt underneath to be seen. No ensemble was complete without a cape, and this example spans almost a full circle. The ornamental technique used on this outfit is unique and complicated. Long narrow strips of satin were braided and 'pinked' (holed). Then they were cut into short pieces and arranged vertically and diagonally over the underlying shape of each garment to create a rich and decorative effect. The collar of the cape has been altered at a later date.

Physical description

The breeches are long and fairly full in cut, reaching just below the knee. The doublet has a high waist at the sides and back, extending to a point in front. A deliberate opening of the seam on each sleeve allows the fine linen shirt underneath to be seen. The cape spans almost a full circle. The ornamental technique used on this outfit is unique and complicated. Long narrow strips of satin were braided and 'pinked' (holed). Then they were cut into short pieces and arranged vertically and diagonally over the underlying shape of each garment to create a rich and decorative effect. The collar of the cape has been altered at a later date.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1635-1645 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Satin, pinked, with applied braid, lined with linen, hand-sewn

Descriptive line

Man's ensemble, c.1640. Cloak, doublet and breeches in gold satin.

Materials

Satin; Silk; Linen

Techniques

Hand sewing; Pinking; Braiding

Categories

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

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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