The Gentleman's Closet

Men's Fashion in History


Don Luis Jaime Antonio de Borbòn y Farnesio, Infante of Spain. Detail. by Anton Raphael Mengs

I love the detail of this portrait. The needlework is stunning

Look at those stripes! Three piece suit dating to 1785, then altered a decade later. French, silk, satin, metal buttons. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Detail from a sleeved waistcoat. Silk, with exquisite metal threading and metal buttons. Sold by Augusta Auctions in 2009 for $540.

Detail from a sleeved waistcoat. Silk, with exquisite metal threading and metal buttons. Sold by Augusta Auctions in 2009 for $540.

Man’s frockcoat and waistcoat dating to 1760—1780. Silk, linen, metal thread and buttons. Ever popular floral motifs along the edges of the coat and waistcoat. In the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada.

Man’s frockcoat and waistcoat dating to 1760—1780. Silk, linen, metal thread and buttons. Ever popular floral motifs along the edges of the coat and waistcoat. In the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada.

(Source: textilemuseum.ca)

Re-enactor portraying Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia. He’s got all of the trademarks of an 18th century gentleman—powdered wig, the cane, the beautifully cut suit of clothing that’s impeccably tailored. 

Re-enactor portraying Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia. He’s got all of the trademarks of an 18th century gentleman—powdered wig, the cane, the beautifully cut suit of clothing that’s impeccably tailored. 

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Sky blue banyan, silk. 1750-1760. In the Manchester Art Gallery.

Gown - light blue silk damask lined blue silk, gown interlined flannel, standing collar, double breasted, mid-calf length, fastening with 9 silk thread covered buttons (?Macclesfield) with buttonholes each side, front edge straight, buttons curving to side at hip, back in two sections seamed to few inches from hem, pocket, blue glazed linen, in each side seam below hip with slit behind it, both concealed by narrow shaped flap attached to front edge of front section, sleeves in two section with turned back cuffs in two sections. Separate waistcoat - round neck with very narrow band, fastening with 13 smaller buttons, skirt cut away at front below waist, flared at sides, side seams open below waist, pocket, blue glazed linen, with shaped flap at hip each side, back above waist, blue glazed linen

(Source: manchestergalleries.org)

Gentlemen need their accessories too. Cane, made of Trapani coral and ivory. Blue tinted shaft. Italian, dating to 1760

Gentlemen need their accessories too. Cane, made of Trapani coral and ivory. Blue tinted shaft. Italian, dating to 1760

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I love this shade of blue. Waistcoat from the first half of the 18th century. This waistcoat is made of silk and has a matching banyan. In the Manchester Art Gallery

I love this shade of blue. Waistcoat from the first half of the 18th century. This waistcoat is made of silk and has a matching banyan. In the Manchester Art Gallery

(Source: manchestergalleries.org)

The quality of the silver and metal thread in this suit is stunning. France, circa 1760. Silk, with a faille pattern. In the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

(Source: collections.lacma.org)

I love this waistcoat. English, circa 1760 this waistcoat shows off it’s quality through the highly detailed corded quilting. Cotton. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. 

(Source: collections.lacma.org)