Justaucorps

Portrait of Don Luis de la Cerda, later IX Duke of Medinaceli (or Medinacelli), (1654–1711)

Portrait of Don Luis de la Cerda, later IX Duke of Medinaceli (or Medinacelli), (1654–1711)

Justaucorp, from the French, is a collarless knee-length coat, fitted to the waist and flared below, worn by men during the later part of the seventeenth century and into the early eighteenth century. The justaucorp could be a simple, woolen affair or be made of fine silks and velvets, dressed up by embroidery and even jeweled buttons of such materials as diamondsgoldsilver, and ivory.