Enlightenment And The Colonial Period

- Apr 11, 2019-

During the 18th century, distinction was made between full dress worn at Court and for formal occasions, and undress or everyday, daytime clothes. As the decades progressed, fewer and fewer occasions called for full dress which had all but disappeared by the end of the century. Full dress followed the styles of the French court, where rich silks and elaborate embroidery reigned. Men continued to wear the coat, waistcoat and breechesfor both full dress and undress; these were now sometimes made of the same fabric and trim, signalling the birth of the three-piece suit.