3-piece suit, France, about 1775. Bronze-coloured silk, exquisitely embroidered in highly stylized floral motifs. The delicate arrangements of flowers include lavender, rosemary, dianthus blooms and arum leaves. By the early 1700s men’s suits consisted of three pieces: coat, waistcoat, and breeches. By the 1770s, the front panels of the coats were cut back and pleats fell to the rear, forcing the bulk to move to the back.