I literally gasped when I sat down to read a new book on waistcoats (more on that later), and found this stunning pair: a man's waistcoat and a woman's dress from ca. 1830-35, both made from the identical fabric. What a stylish couple they must have been if worn together!
The fabric is thought to be embroidered Chinese silk satin imported to Europe. The sky blue shade is faded at places, but the colour is still stunning, and the embroidery features white flowers and multi coloured butterflies.
The book in question is "Waistcoats from the Hopkins Collection, c. 1720-1950". The Hopkins has long provided costume designers and stylists with exquisite period textiles and inspiration, and it fascinating to see a whole book devoted to waistcoats from their collection. Like POF, extant examples has been paired with historical depictions of similar garments, to get an idea of what style, what attire, they might have belonged to. Colour photos throughout and covering a large time span, this book is highly recommended. It's the second of a series presenting their historical dress collection; first being "Footwear from the Hopkins Collection". Just take my money, m'kay? 😂
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