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The Costumer's Manifesto: 18th Century Men's Costume at the V&A 2002 UK Trek with the meeting of Manifesto Fans

I (Tara Maginnis) and my shop head-sidekick Lorraine Pettit have just returned from our trip to The UK and other locations (San Francisco and Las Vegas). During our trip we met up with a bunch of folks who have heard of us through the Manifesto and did assorted activities with them. Here we will share our trip photos and some of what we learned and saw.

18th Century Men's Costume at the V&A

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Embroidered coat for export, c.1700, cotton embroidered with silk, Western India. The garment was acquired by the V&A in separate pieces that showed evidence of being made up in several slightly different styles at different times. Then it was put back together in the V&A for display. This sort of coat is cousin to the "nightgown" (aka Banyan in this era) popular for well to do European and American men indoors from the 1600's to the early 1800's.

Waistcoat of silk damask, lined with fustian and silk, 1710-1720, England.

Spitalfields Silk sleeved waistcoat, about 1734, silk brocaded with colored silks and silver thread, England. Because the silk is so expensive it is only used on the parts that show once the coat is put over it.

Embroidered wool dress coat and britches, 1700's

Fine wool coat, English, 1700-1720

Man's "Nightgown" or Banyancut like a kimono.

Cut and uncut silk suit, English, c. 1760

Silk full dress coat and waistcoat, English, 1760's

Poplin dress coat and waistcoat, English, late 1770's

Wool dress suit, English, late 1770's.

Vest made of Indian painted and dyed fCotton from the Coromandel Coast, made for the English market 1750-1775 and finally made up into a waistcoat in the 19th century.

Boy's Robe (Jama), Cotton embroidered with silk and gold wrapped thread, Mughal court, 18th Century "Men's costume at the Mughal court consisted of the jama, a tailored gown tied at the side, paijama, tapering trousers...An elaborate turban (pagri) was always worn at court as well as a long decorative waist sash (patka --from a descriptive label in the museum.

Man's Gown (Jama), Printed and Dyed cotton, Burhanpur, Deccan, 18th Century. "The Jama was standard court wear for both Mughal and Rajput nobles, varying in length as fashion dictated. It was usually worn tied on the right by Muslims, and on the Left by Hindus" --from the descriptive label in the museum.

Court coat (Jama) from the wardrobe of Tipu Sultan (d. 1799), muslin decorated with couched flattened silver gilt wire, probably Deccan, late 18th Century, India. Morning coat, English, 1790's

2002londonvegasVanda1Vanda_223 Embroidered silk full dress suit, French, 1790's Lady's robe made from a silk and wool shawl, English, late 1790's.

Lorraine tries on a cravat in one of the study areas of the 18th century part of the new British Galleries.

Carved lime wood cravat by Grinling Gibbons, c. 1690, England. Horace Walpole, (called the "Minister of Taste" in the 18th Century) acquired it as a fine example of the late wood carver Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) best work, however he also liked to wear it as a joke. In 1769 he wore it while receiving distinguished foreign visitors, and wrote "The French servants stared and firmly believed that this was the dress of an English country gentleman"

Panels of tiles for a music room, c. 1720's, Portuguese Tin Glazed earthen wear from Lisbon.

1999 UK Costume Tour Images (V&A, Musee de la Mode, etc)

18th Century Costumes from the Victoria and Albert Museum as seen in "Old English Costumes" c.1908

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Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th Centuries Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th Centuries

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