Collection Online
Medium
linen, silk, cotton, shell, metal
Measurements
55.0 cm (centre back) 40.5 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
Australia
Accession Number
D15-1978
Department
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Terence Lane, 1978
Gallery location
Not on display
About

These printed, embroidered and patterned waistcoats reveal the dash of extravagance that enlivened gentlemen’s wardrobes during the nineteenth century. A standard feature of men’s dress, the waistcoat was often made in materials that contrasted with the jacket and trousers. Here, noticeable differences in construction, decoration, fit and material draw attention to the aesthetic conventions that shaped a man’s personal approach to dress.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)