No wonder fashionable men embraced formal wear encrusted with dazzling glass-jewel embroidery, turning themselves into literal mirrors.
“In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain During the 1700s,” a exhibition opening May 22 at the Corning Museum, surveys the etiquette and styles that new forms of glass inspired among the period’s elite.
Smooth and reflective, glass “really resonated with the polished and polite ideas of modernity,” said Mr. Maxwell, who curated the show.
Exemplifying the use of glass in fashion, a man’s formal coat and waistcoat, made in France around 1780, glimmer with glass-paste “jewels” and embroidery.
“The British elite flocked to Paris whenever peacetime permitted, to stock up on French fashions and French luxury goods,” said Mr. Maxwell.
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