Throughout his life George Washington took a keen interest in fashion. This standing collar and false double-breasted front of this finely embroidered silk waistcoat represented the height of style in the 1780s. In an effort to preserve the waistcoats' utility, it was later cut down and the collar adjusted and fitted with lapels to conform to the "handsome" fashions of the 1790s. More


c. 1775-1785



Silk, linen, iron, wood


Overall: 18 7/8 in. x 36 in. (47.93 cm x 91.44 cm)


Purchase, 1964


Written in blue felt tip permanent marker on the folded end of a piece of adhesive tape affixed next to the center seam of the left rear panel of the waistcoat: "W-2246" and "A-1137."

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