In the late 1700s both men and women adopted a slimmer style of dress that reflected Neoclassical influences. This waistcoat or vest presents a very narrow silhouette in the pale tints popular at the time. Small sprigs of vegetation were meticulously hand embroidered over the front, but the back of the garment, made of a coarse linen, was left unadorned. Because men always wore jackets during that era, the backs of vests were never be seen in public and the use of expensive fabric was considered unnecessary.
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