Detail: Waistcoat, France, 1760-69. Silk & linen, silver, gold, brass. Large petals of gilt-brass foil scatter across this opulent waistcoat. The use of such flashy decoration is typical of men’s dress between 1750 & 1780. Foils were made of thin sheets of metal, usually silver or brass, that were often gilt or colored with enamel. Simple floral or leaf shapes were stamped out & perforated at the edges so they could be sewn to the fabric.