Category Archives: Fabric

Picture of the Month – The Tailor

Always so many things to love about this painting. The pumpkin breeches, the cod piece, the pinky ring, the flushed cheeks above a scruffy beard, the tailoring shears…

Giovanni Battista Moroni’s The Tailor (from 1565-70) is the Picture of the Month at London’s National Portrait Gallery. See what they have to say about it here.


Tomorrow they’re hosting a talk about fashion and accessories in art, given by Lois Oliver and Jenny Tiramani – wish I could be there! Details here.


Karl XI’s petticoat breeches

In the archives of Sweden’s Royal Armoury, from 1669:

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Cloth of silver petticoat breeches – 22″ waist, with 56″ circumference for each leg. (Each. Leg!)  Approx. 5 yards of 4″ silver lace around hem and along side seams, with an additional 16 yds of 1/2″ inch trip applied vertically along the hem (inserted into small slits in the fabric, under the lace). There are traces of old stitches along the sides where rosettes or loops of ribbon might have originally been attached. Two hidden pockets on interior of waistband, two large pockets along sides (though not on actual seams.)

Gettin' my Janet Arnold on.

Possibly worn with this?:

The 15-year-old Charles in 1697 as king of the Swedish Empire

Mind. Blown.