Date: late 18th–early 19th century
Medium: silk, metallic thread, paste
Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 42 1/2 in. (108 cm)
Length at CF (b): 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
Length (c): 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Perry Morgan, Jr., 1983
Accession Number: 1983.384.1a–c
By the early nineteenth century, menswear had become more somber in color and simplified in decoration, a direct influence of English styles. This suit, however, illustrates Napoleon's revival of extravagant ancien régime styles for wear at court. Politically and economically motivated, this revival was calculated to boost the foundering fashion-related industries in France.