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

Date

c. 1775-1785


Geography


Material/Technique

Silk, linen, iron, wood


Dimensions

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


Credit

Purchase, 1964


Marks

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."


Object Number

W-2446


Colors


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