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Frock coat

Date:
ca. 1840
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Lee Simonson, 1938
Accession Number:
C.I.38.23.39
Not on view
In the nineteenth century, the frock coat became a symbol of British masculinity and even empire. While simpler and less structured than the eighteenth century dress coat, the frock developed into a full-skirted coat mirroring the ideal female silhouette. Although the frock coat's popularity waned after World War I, it was later appropriated by subcultural groups like goths and new romantics as part of a historicist wardrobe.
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