Court suit, silk, metallic thread, paste, French

Court suit

late 18th–early 19th century
silk, metallic thread, paste
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Perry Morgan, Jr., 1983
Accession Number:
Not on view

By the early nineteenth century, menswear had become more somber in color and simplified in decoration, a direct influence of English styles. This suit, however, illustrates Napoleon's revival of extravagant ancien régime styles for wear at court. Politically and economically motivated, this revival was calculated to boost the foundering fashion-related industries in France.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age Of Napoleon," December 13, 1989–April 15, 1990.