Detail front view, 3-piece suit, 18th century.

Detail front view, 3-piece suit, 18th century.

Exhibition: XVIIIth Century Costumes Fashion and fantasy in the Château d’Ussé

Exhibition: XVIIIth Century Costumes Fashion and fantasy in the Château d’Ussé

Men's suit for indoor use. Italy, about 1740-1750. Silk and gold. Seta Textile Collection. The collection donated by Count Luigi Alberto Gandini in 1881-1882 consists of more than 2,500 pieces of fabric, trim, ribbons,and lace. The collection offers a rich and varied collection of yarns, techniques and ornate textile art, mainly Italian and European art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

Men's suit for indoor use. Italy, about 1740-1750. Silk and gold. Seta Textile Collection. The collection donated by Count Luigi Alberto Gandini in 1881-1882 consists of more than 2,500 pieces of fabric, trim, ribbons,and lace. The collection offers a rich and varied collection of yarns, techniques and ornate textile art, mainly Italian and European art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

Portrait of an Unknown Man, by anonymous, c 1775. Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes.

Portrait of an Unknown Man, by anonymous, c 1775. Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes.

A portrait of John Mortlock of Cambridge and Abington Hall, Great Abington, Cambridgeshire, by John Downman, 1779

A portrait of John Mortlock of Cambridge and Abington Hall, Great Abington, Cambridgeshire, by John Downman, 1779

Wool coat 1787-92. Here is a dashing coat that anticipates the Macaroni exaggeration that will characterize menswear in the 1790s. In this early example, the proportions are already attenuating; there is a very high turn to the collar, though not yet to the point of caricature

Wool coat 1787-92. Here is a dashing coat that anticipates the Macaroni exaggeration that will characterize menswear in the 1790s. In this early example, the proportions are already attenuating; there is a very high turn to the collar, though not yet to the point of caricature

Man’s cream silk satin embroidered coat and pink silk breeches, 1780's.

Man’s cream silk satin embroidered coat and pink silk breeches, 1780's.

3-piece suit, Italy, late 18th century. Dark turquoise silk taffeta, embroidered with floral motifs in silver thread, sequins, foil in green and red; waistcoat: ivory silk taffeta with similar embroidery.

3-piece suit, Italy, late 18th century. Dark turquoise silk taffeta, embroidered with floral motifs in silver thread, sequins, foil in green and red; waistcoat: ivory silk taffeta with similar embroidery.

Captain Edward Salmon, by Joseph Wright of Derby, c 1770. National Trust for Scotland, The Georgian House

Captain Edward Salmon, by Joseph Wright of Derby, c 1770. National Trust for Scotland, The Georgian House

Coat  Date:     1787–89 Culture:     probably French Medium:     silk, cotton, linen Dimensions:     Length at CB: 46 1/2 in. (118.1 cm) Cre... Accession Number:     C.I.59.18.1

Coat Date: 1787–89 Culture: probably French Medium: silk, cotton, linen Dimensions: Length at CB: 46 1/2 in. (118.1 cm) Cre... Accession Number: C.I.59.18.1

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