I went to meet Ase at the wardrobe department at Arts Ed. She is providing the fabric & lining; the suits are being made to fit three students, and are for the department to have in their costume store (rather than being made for any particular production.)
- The suits are being commissioned for the professional wardrobe department at Arts Education Schools, London. http://www.artsed.co.uk/
- Suit designs taken from the book Men's Clothing & Fabrics in the 1890s by Roseann Ettinger- late Victorian-era lounge suits
- 3-piece suits, one to have a double-breasted waistcoat.
- The lapels on some of the images are too large, so not what she's after.
- The trousers must be easy to alter. (Very important!)
This image shows the style of the suits that she wants. She likes the lining detail on the inside, and the shape and size of the collar & lapels. The braid/piping detail around the edges of the pocket and collar, lapels etc could be included on at least one suit.
Waistcoats. One to be double breasted, two to be single-breasted. They both have four welt pockets.
I'm planning on following this design, made from a cream wool with a stripe. Single-breasted waistcoat.
Natalie plans on following this design with the double-breasted waistcoat in brown herringbone wool (see below).
3rd suit in green checked wool. Smaller lapel on the collar but otherwise same style.
Fabric: Tweedy green checked wool
Fabric: brown herringbone weave wool, for the suit with double-breasted waistcoat.