“Dress is so much a part of life that its cultural significance is often overlooked. Any item of apparel has much to reveal about the time and place of its creation, and the unique forces that gave it shape and substance.”
- p8 The Dress Detective by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim
Given the period under consideration, looking at a frockcoat was paramount, made of a sort of a fabric that felt a little like fleece this particular example must have been meant for a gentleman, very small in stature.
On the audio clip below you can hear Janet talking about the buttons, how they might have been attached and the sizes of historical garments.
click here to listen to the frockcoat associated audio