Collection Online
linen, silk, cotton, shell, metal
55.0 cm (centre back) 40.5 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Terence Lane, 1978
Gallery location
Not on display
Cream linen waiscoat with front entirely embroidered with a check patten in red and gold silk floss executed in running stitch. Waistcoat fastens with six shell shank buttons and seven button-holes. The back is made in brown cotton, with a waist belt tie. The front features four pockets which are lined with blue and white striped cotton.

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)