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Suit (habit à la française)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

Count Axel Fersen the Younger must have struck a fine figure at Versailles in this fashionable suit with exquisite floral embroidery. A member of an influential Swedish aristocratic family, Fersen first visited France on his Grand Tour (a trip taken to further his education) in 1773–74 and met Marie Antoinette; over time, they developed an intimate friendship.

Suit (habit à la française), Embroidered silk (modern breeches), French

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Image © Nordic Museum, photo by Mats Landin