No, this post is not about the gorgeous birds with the fan-shaped tails. It deals with the court dress for men during these time periods. When I began putting together my Pinterest boards, I discovered men’s clothing and especially the court dress for men. I was astounded at the elaborate embroidery that many of the court suits displayed.
For those of us who write Regency romance or JAFF, we might think strictly in terms of the following.
1807 Men’s clothing
However, that doesn’t take into account court suits or other fancy dress—jackets or waistcoats—that some of the men needed or preferred. Some of these articles of clothing have some of the most beautiful embroideries you might ever see. And keep in mind that all of this embroidery was done by hand.
Green velvet court coat circa 1790
Close-up of green velvet embroidered court coat circa 1790
And these fancy clothes covered a wide range of colors.
Detail of back of 3-piece suit, circa 1790-1800
Close-up of embroidered 3-piece suit, circa 1790-1800 Henry Ford Museum
And if you think that pink or wine-colored are the sole territories of women, think again. Check out these suits.
Court suit of Louis XVI
Close-up view of French frock coat, circa 1770-1790
Pink silk court suit of a young Alexander I, Russia. 1786
These hand embroidered coats, suits, and waistcoats are really drool worthy. The stitching must have taken many hours, perhaps over one hundred or more to achieve such lovely results. And they were so wasted on men. 🙂 I love the colors of this next coat.
Embroidered Noble’s coat and waistcoat
Before I wrap this up, here are some close-ups of the embroidery on three other coats.
Detail French man’s suit, 1785-1790
Court suit details 1774-1793
Detail of long-sleeved waistcoat. France circa 1730
This post contains only a tiny portion of the gorgeous embroidery that appears on Pinterest. My board for Men’s Clothing has only a few court suits and embroidery patterns and is men’s clothing in general over three centuries, but you can find much more by searching for boards that have only court suits, etc.