Suit: coat, breeches and waistcoat, anonymous, c. 1760 - c. 1780

Suit: coat, breeches and waistcoat, anonymous, c. 1760 - c. 1780

silk, l 112cm More details

The earliest form of today’s three-piece suit appeared in the last quarter of the 17th century: coat, breeches, waistcoat. Men would wear this coat at home as well as outdoors. This 18th-century example is lined with the same purple shot silk, a fabric with an iridescent effect, as the outer material. That is quite unusual. Generally a cheaper fabric would be used to line a coat.

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