Tail Coat, 1790-1810

Summary

Inspired by French fashion, men of turn-of-the-nineteenth-century America padded their chests with layers of clothing. To achieve the stylish large-chested look, they often donned frilled shirts, puffy neckbands called cravats, at least one waistcoat, or vest, and an overcoat with a high, stiff collar. This taffeta example with long tails would have been considered very fashionable during its time.

Inspired by French fashion, men of turn-of-the-nineteenth-century America padded their chests with layers of clothing. To achieve the stylish large-chested look, they often donned frilled shirts, puffy neckbands called cravats, at least one waistcoat, or vest, and an overcoat with a high, stiff collar. This taffeta example with long tails would have been considered very fashionable during its time.

Artifact

Tail coat

Date Made

1790-1810

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

United Kingdom, England 

France 

Creator Notes

Made in the United States, England, or France.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.4.3661

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Silk (Textile)
Taffeta
Linen (Material)

Color

Blue
Green

Dimensions

Width: 16 in

Length: 47 in

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