National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Silk Vest Silk Vest
Rendered by Florence Earl (artist), c. 1938
watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paperboard
overall: 46.9 x 37.2 cm (18 7/16 x 14 5/8 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 6 of 26

By the middle of the eighteenth century, men's waistcoats were becoming shorter and more open at the center front. This one, dated from about 1775 to 1780, is an example of the shorter-style garment. By 1790, waistcoats would be shortened to waist length, and the skirt or "peplum," seen here, would disappear. The scale and type of decoration also changed, becoming smaller and more delicate. Floral patterns and narrow stripes were also common in the fabrics for women's clothing during the 1770s.

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