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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.

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.

Patrocinio

Patrocinio

Detail embroidery, coat, France, second half 18th century. Tan silk with woven pinstripe, decorated with metallic thread embroidery, sequins, coloured paillettes and paste jewels, silk lining.

Detail embroidery, coat, France, second half 18th century. Tan silk with woven pinstripe, decorated with metallic thread embroidery, sequins, coloured paillettes and paste jewels, silk lining.

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