This is a short jacket with long, tight-fitting sleeves that covered the hands, called Spencer jacket. A high-waisted skirt of the same fabric. It took its name from England's Earl Spencer (1758-1834), who wore this kind of jacket. The Spencer was fashionable from the 1790s to the 1820s. Initially a men's garment, its practical features meant that it soon came to be worn by women as well.


  • Title: Jacket (Spencer), Underbodice, Skirt
  • Date Created: c. 1815
  • Location Created: unknown
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • Medium: Jacket and skirt of red cut velvet with piping and wrapped buttons in hussar style; beige silk satin underbodice.

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