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Waistcoat | V&A Museum | c. 1730-39
Satin dyed, a brilliant sunshine hue forms the body of this court waistcoat of the 1730s. Such a rich yellow was fashionable in men’s and women’s dress from the 1730s until the 1780s. In keeping with the lavishness of court dress, the waistcoat is embellished with embroidery in coloured silk and silver threads of several textures. A pattern of large flowers and leaves with feathered scrolls cover the front edges, the pocket flaps and the front of the waistcoat skirts. The scale of the embroidery pattern and its range of textures are characteristic of Baroque design in general and 1730s embroidery in particular.
Jacket | c. 1600-1625
This is BEAUTIFUL.
Waistcoat | V&A Museum | c. 1745
Women’s waistcoats were usually sleeveless like a man’s waistcoat, but shorter and shaped to fit over stays. Worn with a petticoat and bedgown, a waistcoat formed part of the informal ensemble of women’s dress. It could be worn under a gown to provide extra warmth. This waistcoat is made of silk quilted in a diaper pattern. Bright yellow was a popular colour for women’s dress from the 1740s to the 1770s. Quilting was a common type of needlework in the 18th century, as it was both decorative and practical. It can also be seen on petticoats and gowns. This waistcoat has a matching pair of pockets.
Riding Waistcoat | Metropolitan Museum | c. 1775
Men’s waistcoats, or women’s?
Princess Charlotte of Belgium by Winterhalter, 1864
Empress Elizabeth by Amanda Bergstedt, 1855
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I’ll look for some in my archives to post for you now! And thank you so very much :) I am so happy that you enjoy it.
Wow! That is so amazing! I’d love to hear more about her :)