Coats of Many Colours

In the 1780’s new fabric fashions appeared in France which were quickly adopted by men and women of other European nations – that of wearing clothing made from striped fabrics and even animal prints! Stripes had appeared on garments before this date but they dominated this decade, and although horizontal ones were worn, vertical stripes were […]

An Illustrated Shirt of the 1850s

Welcome to my first Blog – and to the Wallis Collection (pun intended)! I have been collecting men’s historic clothing and accessories since 1970, when I bought my first item with my saved-up pocket money. Since then I have amassed thousands of pieces, spanning the years 1690 – 1890, but always felt like a miser, with […]