Gentleman's Three-Piece Formal Suit with Attached Wig Bag and Lace Cuffs (Coat, Waistcoat, Breeches)
This velvet suit is a rare surviving example of a gentleman's eighteenth century formal attire complete with its "wig-bag" pouch attached at the back neckline of the coat. Male hairstyles of the 1780s were often fashioned with long hair pulled back into a ponytail, known in the eighteenth century by the French term queue. Wig bags either covered the queue or served as a buffer to protect costly fabrics from contact with the natural hair oil.
Place object was created: Great Britain
velvet, silk, silk satin ribbon, silk lace
Measurements: shoulder width: 16 inches sleeve length: 24.5 inches center back length: 37 inches length: 29 inchesMuseum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 2005.6A-C
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH