Frock Coat, ca. 1740

Casaca, 1740. Colección Museo del Traje, Madrid. Pulse para ampliar


Man’s frock coat in silver, figured silk with floral decoration using small pomegranates covering the piece’s entire surface. Fitted to the waist with a full flare in the tails, it closes at the front with rich, silver-coated buttons.

This formal frock coat is in line with the typical frock coats worn by men in the decade of 1740. The flared coattails were heavily interlined with backlining, crinoline and bombasting to puff up the hips, partially following the female forms achieved with the pannier. The pomegranate, a widely used decorative motif in Spanish iconography from far earlier, broke away from the rhomboid structures of the past at this time to follow an ascendant pattern of wavy lines more typical of the 18th century designs.

Inventory: MT-014796


  • In Historical Fashion in detail. The 17th and 18th Centuries, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1998, pag. 44-45, we find a frock coat of similar characteristics.