Man's dressing gown with attached waistcoat, 1750-1799, Holland, Centraal Museum, Utrecht - via Europeana Fashion

Man's dressing gown with attached waistcoat, 1750-1799, Holland, Centraal Museum, Utrecht - via Europeana Fashion

Back view, 3-piece wedding suit, 18th century. Cream silk. (costume collection at Ham House, Surrey)

Back view, 3-piece wedding suit, 18th century. Cream silk. (costume collection at Ham House, Surrey)

Suit (frock coat, sleeveless waistcoat, and breeches [not shown]), 1770–80, probably British, wool, silk, cotton. The Met

Suit (frock coat, sleeveless waistcoat, and breeches [not shown]), 1770–80, probably British, wool, silk, cotton. The Met

Junior Paunch! [A case of form following fashion!] Portrait of Alexey Bobrinsky as a Child, 1769, by Carl-Ludwig Johann Christineck. Count Alexei Grigorievich Bobrinsky (11 April 1762 - 20 June 1813), was the illegitimate son of Catherine the Great fathered by Count Grigory Grigoryevich Orlov

Junior Paunch! [A case of form following fashion!] Portrait of Alexey Bobrinsky as a Child, 1769, by Carl-Ludwig Johann Christineck. Count Alexei Grigorievich Bobrinsky (11 April 1762 - 20 June 1813), was the illegitimate son of Catherine the Great fathered by Count Grigory Grigoryevich Orlov

3-piece court suit for the young Alexander I, Russia, 1786. Pink silk with golden metal thread embroidery; waistcoat: cream silk with metal thread embroidery.

3-piece court suit for the young Alexander I, Russia, 1786. Pink silk with golden metal thread embroidery; waistcoat: cream silk with metal thread embroidery.

View of a waistcoat worn by Claude Lamoral II (1685–1766), Prince of Ligne and the Holy Empire, c.1750. Front: Brocaded liseré gros de Tours, blue silk, polychrome silk thread, gilded silver thread. Woven design for a waistcoat. Back and lining: blue silk taffeta, white silk taffeta, wooden buttons covered with thread and gilded silver foil. he design resembles one by Anna Maria Garthwaite, a designer for silkmakers in Spitalfields,London. Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de…

View of a waistcoat worn by Claude Lamoral II (1685–1766), Prince of Ligne and the Holy Empire, c.1750. Front: Brocaded liseré gros de Tours, blue silk, polychrome silk thread, gilded silver thread. Woven design for a waistcoat. Back and lining: blue silk taffeta, white silk taffeta, wooden buttons covered with thread and gilded silver foil. he design resembles one by Anna Maria Garthwaite, a designer for silkmakers in Spitalfields,London. Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de…

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