1826–1829 ca. Dress, British. Side View. Pale gold cotton with tiny red flowers and matching embroidered band around wide neckline and wrists, billowing upper sleeves and gathered to tight lower sleeves.Continue reading →
1830s Man’s Double-Breasted Frock Coat, English. Double-breasted frock coat with a nipped-in waist. The broad lapels are faced with silk velvet. This gentleman’s frock coat has a crescent-shaped breast pocket and two larger curved pockets on the front of the skirts. Woolen beaver cloth trimmed with silken velvet. The waisted frock coat came into fashion in about 1816 and became an enduring style. Typically it had a narrow waist and full skirts hanging vertically in front. The frock coat was worn for everyday purposes such as morning dress, usually with a top hat, cane and trousers. By 1830 frock coats were made in a variety of designs according to taste, fashion or type of activity. This example has an out-breast pocket, a feature which appeared on coats during the 1830s. This coat was given by Messrs Harrods Ltd. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. collections.vam.ac.uk. Follow Suzi Love … Continue reading →
1816 Crossing the Pont des Arts, Paris. Two women crossing the Pont des Arts, which is also known as the Passerelle des Arts. It was built from 1802 to 1804 and was the first Parisian bridge to be made of iron. It was also the first bridge in Paris to be exclusively reserved for pedestrians.
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1780 ca. Man’s Gold Silk Banyan, British. via Metropolitan Museum New York City, U.S.A. metmuseum.org For at-home wear, a gentleman had a dressing gown, often with a matching waistcoat, and an undress cap or turban. From the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, USA.: ‘For at-home wear, a gentleman had a dressing gown, often with a matching waistcoat, and an undress cap or turban. As for breeches, they were not designed especially for this casual ensemble, but rather borrowed from other suits. The dressing gown was cut like a man’s loose coat and usually hung to the floor, though there were also versions that stopped below the knees. Since there were no fastenings, the wearer overlapped the dressing gown in front when he walked so that the sides did not billow out behind him. The sleeves were originally rolled back to form cuffs, but later dressing gowns display the fashionable cuff of their period. In England these dressing gowns were called “banyans” or “Indian nightgowns” because of their kimono-like form and Eastern origin. Banyans were made in a variety of fabrics, including silk brocades, damasks, and printed cottons. Winter banyans were occasionally quilted for extra warmth. Gentlemen received friends while attired in banyans as a sign of their informality and of their intimacy with the visitor. By the 1780s, gentlemen ventured out of doors in this comfortable and stylish costume. According to Town and Country Magazine in 1785: “Banyans are worn in every part of the town from Wapping to Westminster, and if a sword is occasionally put on it sticks out of the middle of the slit behind. This however is the fashion, the ton, and what can a man do? He must wear a banyan.” This yellow damask banyan with its bold Chinese Chippendale – inspired pattern … Continue reading →