By the 1790s men’s Court dress favoured coat and breeches in a dark, patterned silk or velvet, with a contrasting light-coloured waistcoat. Although both coat and waistcoat were lavishly embroidered in coloured silk thread, the heavy metal adornment of earlier Court dress was gone. As befits the conservative nature of Court dress, the style of this suit is similar to daywear in the 1780s, retaining the curved-back front instead of the cut-away coat, newly fashionable in men’s daywear.
By the 1780s waistcoats had lost their skirts and were cut straight across at the lower hem, for all but evening and Court dress. A small collar appeared, echoing the development of the coat collar, and by the 1790s it had grown to the generous size seen here, with large revers (lapels). The double-breasted style, in both coats and waistcoats, was also a fashion that began in the 1780s. A network of violet and cream-coloured silk ribbons has been applied to this waistcoat, with buttons…
18th Century roughly 1760's men's waistcoat. This picture shows the waistcoat, coat, and breeches of the time. This particular item was made from wine red wool (coat) also being decorated in gold buttons, thread, and a gold braid. Found at the Kyoto Costume Institute.
Man's Suit (coat, waistcoat, and breeches) c. 1790-France. taffeta and satin; fold-back standing collar; cut-away from hem; waistcoat of silk faille with Roman-like arch embroidered showing a country scene; wing collar. #1700s Coat of blue and green striped silk