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This waistcoat is decorated with a fashionable flower pattern embroidered in coloured silks and gold and silver thread. The 18th century book 'Plain Reasons for the Growth of Sodomy in England' attributed a supposed increase in homosexuality to men's dress. The author claimed that garments like this waistcoat were effeminate.
H 970 mm; W 530 mm
silk; cotton; metal
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