Cut! – The Duchess – The Duke

Poster from the display - click for a larger version.

The poster shared that Ralph Piennes played Willian Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, and the poster describes the outfit as a formal ensemble “made of black silk chenille and trimmed in fur.  Silver braid and tassels march down the front of the tailcoat.  His waistcoat is heavily embroidered with silver metallic thread and ornamented with practical silvered metallic buttons.”

Duke and Duchess

I’ll admit, menswear doesn’t really interest me that much (for obvious reasons!) so I didn’t get as much out of the Duke’s costume as I did out of the Duchess’ or some of the other womens’ wear in the show.   I’ll start off with a repeat of the photo of the Duke and Duchess’ costumes together, with the full-length photo of the costume I’ll be showing off.

Cuff on his jacket

The trim on the Duke’s costume is just as elaborate as any of the Duchess’ costumes, and the coat has buttons, braid/lace, fur, and these kind of scraggly gold tassle-things.  The black silk chenille is a fabric I’ve never seen before in person – if I were going to replicate this, the closest thing I can think of would be corduroy – which would have the right texture, but lack the luxury of the silk.

non-functional buttons and buttonholes

In keeping with the style of the era, the buttons on the coat itself are non-functional, while the buttons on the vest are functional.  in this photo you can see the lace trimming the fake buttonholes, along with the fur trim (which seems kind of funny to me, since you’d never see fur trim like this if the buttons were functional; it kind of seems like overkill to me).  I also don’t entirely understand the gold cord ‘tassel’ either on the buttons – can anyone suggest the reason behind this?

Waistcoat with functional buttons and buttonholes

The vest is a fabulous brocade, trimmed with loads of metallic braid on centre front opening as well as the pockets.  The buttons are the same as the coat.  The vest has the cut-away front bottom typical of the styles in this era.

Waistcoat hem and pocket

In this photo you can see that the pocket flap is elaborately trimmed with metallic lace braid, and the space around the flap is also trimmed.

Close up of the non-functional buttons and buttonholes

A close up photo of the jacket shows the trim.

His outfit

A full-length photo of the costume.

Frankly, I don’t have a lot of photos of the Duke’s costume…. because.  well. Boys! ew! cooties!

Just kidding.  Really, I’m just not interested in menswear at all, even when they are as elaborate as these items.

To fill out this post (since it’s not anywhere near as full as the previous ones of the womenswear) I leave you with a clip montage set to a song I love.  (Though the song is about Anne Boylen.)

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