An excerpt: Just as today, the fashion-conscious Tudors and Stuarts copied the styles of those they admired. In 1666, Charles II announced that he was to
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, May 14
Just as today, the
fashion-conscious Tudors and Stuarts copied the styles of those they
admired. In 1666, Charles II announced that he was to introduce a new
English fashion for men – a long vest worn under a coat instead of a
short doublet and cloak. The King is seen wearing this style of coat in
the painting Charles II presented with a pineapple, c.1675, which goes
on display for the first time. Later to become the three-piece suit, the
style spread so quickly that three weeks later the diarist Samuel Pepys
was wearing his own version. Pepys records how his wife avidly followed
the fashions of the court favourites, visiting the same shops at
Barbara Villiers, Charles II’s mistre
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