Tuesday's Titillating Treasure: The Banyan
Even garbed in the finest Prada loafers and Armani suit, today's metrosexual male could hardly compete with the prodigiously pampered and preened nobleman of eighteenth century France, who elevated attire to an oft emulated (but rarely rivaled) art form!
Monsieur le Noble's wardrobe included satin jackets and waistcoats embroidered with silver or gold threat, Jabots and sleeves made of Bruxelles lace, diamond encrusted shoe buckles, silk court shoes with high heels, silver-handled walking sticks, powdered wigs, pox patches, and a myriad of expensive accouterments that were considered prerequisites - nay, necessities - for any well-connected courtier.
But what did Monsieur le Noble wear when he was not honing his sharp wit at a literary salon or tripping over his red-heeled slippers to curry favor with his monarch? What did our dashing Duc wear when he was en dishabille?
A banyan, naturellement.
Portraits of Men in their Banyans:
John Locke, in a portrait done shortly before his death, wearing a dressing gown.