Costume of Count Almaviva, in the 5th act of the Barber of Seville. (1779)
Ball and Theatrical dress, imitating the Spanish costume. Three-quarter circle cape, furred with ermine, the inner border and parement of plain gold tissue, embroidered in a mosaic of silver sequins; in the center of each lozenge, gems or groups of spangles in varied colors.
Basqued doublet with slashed sleeves, allowed to come out from the matching revers from under the cape. The belt, the edges, the slashes, and the bands are trimmed with gold point d'Espagne.* The trims are curving brandenburgs, trimmed at the ends with tassels. The whole is cut by a white scarf.
Sleeve parement of gold tissue, embroidered the same way as the cape revers, and eclipsed by a lace manchette which is pulled up and cut in tabs.
The trews or high-breeches are cut in bands matching the cape, trimmed with gold point d'Espagne, and the slashes or second bands are furred with ermine.
White silk pantaloons, the garters picked out with aglets, grey shoes with rosettes.
Toque pulled up in front with a diamond button and surmounted with a bunch of plumes creating the panache.
* A type of Spanish lace
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