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Breeches

  • Place of origin:

    France (woven)
    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1760-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silver strips, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs H. H. Fraser

  • Museum number:

    T.435-1967

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Breeches made in the 18th century have a distinctive cut. The legs are widely splayed, and the back of the breeches are much deeper than the front. This follows the cut of breeches made for horseback riding. Even though a pair made of fine silk, such as these, would never have been worn when sitting on a horse, the style is the same, illustrating the conservative nature of the tailoring trade. The cut of breeches changed little during the 18th century. Some guidelines for dating them are the more streamlined style of the latter half of the century, compared to the baggier fit of the period 1700-1750. As the waistcoat shortened through the century, the front closing of the breeches changed from the fly-front of the first half of the century to a more modest fall-front opening of the period 1750-1800.

Physical description

White and maroon silk breeches with the ground enriched with siver strips, and hand-sewn.

Place of Origin

France (woven)
Great Britain (made)

Date

1760-1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, silver strips, hand-sewn

Descriptive line

Silk breeches, woven in France and made in Great Britain, 1760-1770

Categories

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

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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