Suit, French, 1765-75. The distinctive buttons on this 18th-century suit characterize the flamboyance with which French men dressed to match the opulence of their female counterparts. The liberally applied buttons would have been a lively pink color and glittering in candlelight next to the elegant textile and salmon-colored lining.
1766 Tenue de Gustave III de Suède Livrustkammaren http://emuseumplus.lsh.se/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=collection&objectId=67850&viewType=detailView
Court Costume, France, Louis XVI, cut velvet in garnet with silver and gold embroidery and glass bead trimming. "Costume civil de cour en velours ciselé. Époque Louis XVI". via Alain Truong
This gown and matching stomacher are made of very fine silk. Because of its shine or lustre, the fabric was called a lustring or lutestring. The process of 'lustrating' involved stretching and moistening the textile. In a 1756 treatise, silk designers are advised that ornaments for lustring ‘must be open and airy’ so as not to obscure the glazed ground. 1752 - 1775 - Museum of London
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Plainer cut 18th century men's wear. Great pic for showing how the neck tie, vest and waist coat are worn.
Musée historique de Berlin Habit gilet et pantalon civils 1795
duchessofpowderedwigs: “Detail of 18th century male suit. Source. ”