Court suit

Date: late 18th–early 19th century

Culture: French

Medium: silk, metallic thread, paste

Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 42 1/2 in. (108 cm)
Length at CF (b): 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
Length (c): 32 in. (81.3 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Perry Morgan, Jr., 1983

Accession Number: 1983.384.1a–c

Description

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.

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