Category Archives: Garments

Foldable Top Hat!

Also from the collection at Brede Værk (just north of Copenhagen) – a SIDE-FOLDING collapsible top hat! Has anybody seen one of these before? I’d love to know of others if you know of any collections that has one.

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Black menswear in glass cases – the curse of people trying to photograph museums displays.

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Lace Cravats

For those of you who liked the de Largillierre painting I posted a while ago, here are some real examples of that brief but interesting period (1670-1700) of scrumptiously lacy cravats.

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Worn by the Duke of York (the future James II) at his wedding, 1673. Victoria & Albert Museum.

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large-scale raised Venetian needle lace (with contemporary linen and ribbon), 1670-90, from the Bowes Museum, UK.

And here’s the full version of the painting I posted earlier:

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Nicolas de Largillierre, “Portrait of a Gentleman” (Possibly Pierre van Schuppen). 1680, Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.