Embroidered panels for a man's suit


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The multiple pieces here, comprising the cuffs, collar, and front panels for a man's coat (including pocket flaps, vents, and buttons in two sizes) as well as knee bands for breeches, represent a suit ready to be cut and sewn to the client’s measurements. This method of tailoring (à la disposition) allowed visitors to Versailles to dress themselves quickly according to the latest French taste. The colorful floral embroidery—a testament to the high quality of French needlework—guaranteed that the wearer would cut a dashing figure.

Embroidered panels for a man's suit, Silk embroidery on woven silk, satin stitch; stem stitch, knots and silk net, French

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Front of panel 1982.290d