Riding habit jacket


The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Women’s riding outfits, known as riding habits, of the 18th century adapted elements of men’s dress. This jacket of the 1750s is styled after a man’s coat, although it has been modified with a waist seam to fit over stays and a wide petticoat. Careful mitring and gathering of the heavy braid allows its arrangement around the pockets and into rococo curves down the jacket front. The trim consists of three parts: a wide ribbon of silver thread woven in a geometrical pattern, and a narrow gimp of silver on either side.

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  • Title: Riding habit jacket
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1750/1759
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 84 cm, Depth: 6 cm, Height: 73 cm, Height: 1500 mm Height mounted, Width: 800 mm Width mounted, Depth: 500 mm Depth mounted
  • Medium: Woven wool, silk lining and metal braid; handsewn

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