- Thanks! A definition and an approximate time period give me something
to start from. In the late 18th C., breeches started morphing into
longer forms (which became pants). This longer length of fabric was
heavier than breeches, and did not have the minor support of closing
above the calf. Remember when stirrup pants were in vogue in the late
'80's and early '90's? They pulled at the waist, even without having
the stirrups on, because they were cut close to the leg and the simple
friction between leg and fabric aided gravity. I've made Incroyable
and Georgian styles, seen them on actors in the fitting rooms without
suspenders...and the pants pull like my stirrup pants did in the early
'90's...worse, even, because of the fabrics used--wool and such.
Imagine if they were buckskin!
Cat, I've read Yarwood, and agree that it's okay for definitions, but
loose with details and research support. There's a book somewhere
about the history of undergarments, but I forget who the author is. I
also do not know of anyone I still keep in contact with who has a copy
I will research more.
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "chatteutile"
> --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "ravenswingsaussi"
> <Alexandreirazputin@> wrote:
> > When did these first appear in men's dress?
> > --Sarah
> According to "The World Encyclopedia of Costume," by Doreen Yarwood,
> "Braces -- From the later eighteenth century, straps over the shoulder
> with button attachment, to support breeches, pantaloons or
> trousers...........In the mid-nineteenth century the braces often
> divided at the lower ends to attach to two buttons on each side, back
> and front. Later, the straps were crossed at the back and sewn
> together where they intersected. Elasticized fabric was introduced,
> also adjustment slides."