A GENTLEMAN'S SUIT OF UNCUT BLACK VELVET MID 18TH CENTURY, comprising frockcoat, waistcoat and breeches in soot-black velvet "This suit is unusual in being rather more prosaic that the more commonly found and elaborately decorated court suits. While black suits are often seen in 'conversation pieces', they are much more seldom found in the flesh."
Court dress for men in the early century retained many features of dress. These included breeches, a waistcoat with short skirts, and a coat with curving back fronts. The dark, figured velvet continues a fashion in evening dress that began in the