Costume and Textiles
Man's CoatMade in France, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, French
Striped silk lampas weave with silk embroidery in satin, stem, straight, and rope stitches, French knots, and appliquéd silk net
Currently not on view
1915-241Purchased with the Annual Membership Fund, 1915
LabelThis extravagantly embroidered coat, originally part of a formal suit, represents a last flurry of late eighteenth-century gorgeousness that ran counter to the general trend toward simplicity in menswear. Against a fashionable striped silk, overblown tulips and other flowers gambol, edged by applied white net embroidered to imitate lace. The decoration, which enhances the shape of the pattern pieces, would have been drawn on the textile and then professionally embroidered before the garment was cut out and assembled.