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Riding habit (1)

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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

In the 18th century women needed practical clothes for riding, travelling and walking outdoors. This example illustrates how the styles of women’s riding habits were adapted from a man’s coat and waistcoat. The jacket is shorter than a man’s coat but has comparable buttons and trim. The waistcoat is also similar to a man’s version. However, wearing breeches would have been unthinkable for a woman in the 18th century, so the petticoat was a necessary part of the riding habit.

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  • Title: Riding habit (1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1770/1775
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 153.5 cm width of wool, selvedge to selvedge approx, Height: 1500 mm mounted approx, Width: 900 mm mounted approx, Depth: 500 mm mounted approx
  • Medium: Wool, linen, silver-gilt thread, hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

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