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Man’s Suit

Man’s Suit

Inv. Nr: CE2 / 01694; CE2 / 01695; CE2 / 01696

This man’s suit is made up of 3 pieces: a jacket, a waistcoat and breeches. The jacket is made of natural silk with triangular patterns embroidered with purple silk thread. The collar is raised and the upper part of the garment features a pair of buttons in a row, a typical feature for this time. The inside is lined with beige natural silk. The breeches are lined with green natural silk patterned with purple silk, forming triangular motifs. The straight- cut legs are secured at the bottom by buttons. The waistcoat is patterned natural silk, purple in colour and greenish in the background to match the jacket and trousers. The 18th century men’s suit was made up of trousers, a shirt and a waistcoat over which the jacket was worn. Waistcoats could either be sleeved or sleeveless and over time they became shorter and the front was cut on the bias. During the first half of the century, jackets featured wide pleats on the sides in order to emphasize the hips. Throughout the century they were simplified, with a reduction in the number of pleats and with more discreet colours and embroidery, as with this suit. As the 19th century drew near, a neckband around the collar appeared, increasing the traditional height of the time. The high-necked jacket, which appeared in 1764, was named a tailcoat.

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