Coat: 1981.210.4; Waistcoat: 1976.235.3d; Trousers: 1982.316.11
Length at CB: 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm)
Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation Fund, 1981
Not on view
In the early years of the nineteenth century, there was a profound harmony between men's and women's silhouettes in dress. In the Empire style, the high waists and puffed chests of menswear match the silhouette of women's clothing. In the 1830s, menswear accommodated the gigot sleeve of womenswear in its use of a new fullness at the sleeve cap. The typical men's ensemble of tailcoat, waistcoat, and trousers prevailed by the 1820s and 1830s, as breeches were supplanted by long trousers.
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