1800-1810 ca. Regency Era Gentleman’s Gold Silk Vest Or Waistcoat, American Or European.
Museum Information. Waistcoats of the 18th and 19th centuries were both protection and ornamentation because coats were intended to be left open in the front. Colors often complimented men’s suits and were covered in embroideries, of heavily woven patterns or shiny satins, and all designed to be eye-catching. Neck styles, lengths, and hem styles fluctuated as fashion changed from the oversized coats of the early 18th century to narrow tightly fitted coats of the late 18th century and onward.
This historical vest served as an inspiration for a 1950’s woman’s vest designed for Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr. by Charles James. She often brought him historical fashions to reinterpret.
Austine Hearst was the third wife of William Randolph Hearst, Jr., son of William Randolph Hearst, turn of the century newspaper mogul. She spent the war years hosting a radio show and writing a newspaper column about young society. The Hearsts were invited to parties at the White House and Austine was continuously on the Best Dressed Lists throughout the 1950s and became a donor to the Brooklyn Museum at the request of friend and designer, Charles James. Her first donation was James’s muslins and dresses, plus garments by famous designers such as Christian Dior.
From: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the
Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1953 Accession Number:2009.300.2779a, b1800-1810 ca. Gentleman's Gold Silk Vest Or Waistcoat, American Or European. #Regency #Fashion Click To Tweet