ca. 1778 Casaquin over dress (Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York USA) frontal left side and back

ca. 1778 Casaquin over dress (Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York USA) frontal left side and back

Jackets were important fashion items in the 1780s. This Pinterest site calls this a "Casaquin and Skirt" (the Metropolitan Museum calls it a "dress"). Alewyn states, "Caracos and Casaquins are two kinds of jackets worn first in the 18th century by the working class and later adopted by the upper class. From my reading, the difference between the two was determined by whether the pleats at the back were loose like the robe à la française [caraco] or stitched like the robe à l'anglaise [casaquin]. At different times during the 18th century the jacket was either thigh-length all around or short in the front with a basque at the back. Some believe the difference in the two jackets is the length, that the caraco is the thigh-length jacket and the casaquin is the shorter jacket."

So this pleated-back garment is a caraco.


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