It’s been awhile since we’ve posted in regard to men’s wear so here’s something that should remedy this. During the late 19th Century, the frock coat was one of the basics of men’s wardrobe, serving as both a garment formal as well as an everyday business coat. Just to set the stage, here’s an example of the frock coat in everyday use, albeit by way of a painting by Renoir:
Edgar Renoir At The Stock Exchange, 1878 – 1879
And for an extant example:
Frock Coat & Trousers, c. 1876; Kansas State University Museum (KSUM 1986.41.2 ab)
Compared to the 1850s/1860s version, this frock coat is tailored, following the lines of the human body in smooth, somewhat relaxed fashion.
I decided to use some of the magnificent yardage we’ve acquired on our trips to Europe to work and so here’s a shirt that I made utilizing an interesting cotton shirting that I found in London last year. This is a standard men’s shirt, circa 1880s-early 1900 that I just finished. Time to make a fashion statement the next time I’m in Tombstone!
First, the shirt (the camera really makes the colors pop)…
And the original fabric…
Spotted in a local designer’s window and I had to shut my mouth…I fell in love with all the details and hand finishing. This is such a creative combination of traditional and modern styles! Don’t miss the subtle embroidery on the collar…
Part of the fun going to the the Prior Attire Ball is the morning after where we typically spend Sunday out and about in Bath in Victorian clothes. 🙂 First, we went to breakfast at the Pump Room:
And you can “take the waters of Bath”…
Afterwards, we had to work off that breakfast so we went rowing on the Avon River:
The Scenery was marvelous although I didn’t get much of a chance to look at it since I was rowing… 🙂
It was a beautiful day to go rowing- the weather was cool and crisp and my choice of outfit was perfect. Although it was a bit choppy at the start, my Boy Scout rowing techniques eventually kicked in (it’s been like 40 years) and things worked out perfectly. I’d definitely do it again! 🙂
After many adventures in and around Bath, we finally reached the high point of our trip to the UK- the Prior Attire Ball! 🙂 Held in the historic Bath Assembly Rooms, the ball lasts for four and a half hours and features various historic set dances as well as waltzes and polkas. In between, a buffet supper is served and there’s a bar. The Assembly Rooms were designed in 1769 and opened in 1771 and were intended as a social center for Bath’s upper crust visitors (to include royalty) who would descend on the town in droves (today, the Fashion Museum Bath is located in the basement of the Assembly Rooms). There are actually a series of rooms of which only one was used for the dancing and the others for the attendees to eat and socialize.
And here’s me…
Because we were staying in a hotel just up the street from the Assembly Rooms, it was a quick easy walk in clear whether (no threat of rain) thus we were not burdened with having to deal with taxis and all that (try stuffing people wearing ballgowns into a Prius- not fun!). Here’s Karin upon arrival:
With all the dancing and such, we didn’t have an opportunity to get many photos but trust us when we say that it was a magical evening and it was well worth the effort getting to Bath. 🙂