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Cossack trousers

Cossack trousers

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, lined with cotton, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Frederick Gill

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These trousers are cut full at the thigh and taper to the ankles. Buttoned straps under the instep keep the fabric from riding up. The fullness at the hip is evenly gathered to the front of the waistband. Cossack trousers were introduced to Britain in 1814 when Tsar Aleksandr I travelled to London from Russia for the peace celebrations that followed Napoleon Bonaparte's abdication in April of that year. The Cossack soldiers in Aleksandr's entourage wore a similar style of trousers, which soon became fashionable in Europe.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1820-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, lined with cotton, hand-sewn


Clothing; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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