Man’s satin embroidered waistcoat, Victorian
Throughout the Victorian period (1838-1901) men wore a suit comprising a coat, waistcoat and trousers, not always of matching material. The waistcoat was where most of the colour and decoration in men’s dress was concentrated as can be seen in this example. The brightly coloured silk embroidered rosebuds against the black satin of this waistcoat make quite a statement. It was probably worn by a fashionable young man.
- This waistcoat was highly fashionable in the Victorian era
- The waistcoat was often highly decorated, and worn as part of a three- piece suit, including a coat and trousers
I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650