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 A Cloak, Coat, Mantelet and Jacket Fashion History from 1800

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Various Cloak, Coat and Jacket Terms

An introduction to the names possible for coats and cloaks  often confusing to the costume beginner.  Many terms like Mantles, mantelets, cloaks, capes, capelets and pelerines pelisse, pardessus, paletot, and redingote confuse and mystify - but all are coats, jackets or upper body cover ups.

Cloaks and Capes 1

What is a cloak?  Important cloak styles in the C19th and the early C20th.  The Cardinal or Scarlet cloak.  Line drawings to assist in silhouette recognition.

Mantelets History 1

A fashion history of Victorian mantelets. Line drawings of mantelets to assist in silhouette recognition.

Cloaks and Capes 2

Important cloak styles in the late Victorian era. Line drawings to assist in silhouette recognition.

Mantelets History 2

Victorian fashion plate pictures of mantelets.


Cloaks and Capes 3

Important fancy cloak styles in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. Line drawings of cloaks and capes.

Pelisse, Paletot and Pardessus

A look at different early 19th century pelisses and later Victorian paletots.

Cloaks and Capes 4

Important cloak styles in the later C20th. Line drawings of cloak silhouettes. Other quick cover ups - the poncho, the pareo.

Redingote History 1

A brief illustrated history of redingotes

Women's Winter Coats

Trends in women's winter coats 2006/7.



Riding Dress Redingote Timeline Pictures 2

Line Drawings of redingotes.



Free Pareo Cape Sewing Pattern Diagram and How to Make a Pareo Instructions

An ideal easy to make wrap for evening or for fancy dress or drama/stage costume productions.

Free printer Version of Pareo Cape Sewing Pattern Diagram and How to Make a Pareo Instructions

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