KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Suit (jacket, waistcoat, and trousers)

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Suit (jacket, waistcoat, and trousers)

1900s - [Left] America, [Right] unknown

[Left] Rogers Peet Company, [Right] unknown
[Left] Rogers Peet Company NEW YORK, [Right] none
[Left] Black wool twill; 3-button single-breasted jacket; 6-button single-breasted waistcoat; trousers with braces buttons.
[Right] Black ribbed wool twill; 4-button single-breasted jacket with rolling-down lapels, functional buttonholes at sleeves; double-breasted lapelled waistcoat; trousers with braces buttons.
Inventory Number(s)
[Left] AC3935 81-25-51AC, [Right] AC9393 96-29-5AC

These are three-piece suits, the very image of the classic suit, consisting of a jacket, waistcoat, and trousers made of the same cloth. Although both suits are from the 1900s, subtle differences are recognizable. The right is a British-style suit with a tapered waist. The care taken with the suit can be seen in the functional buttonholes at the sleeves and the curve of the hem. The left is an American-style suit without waist suppression, giving it a boxy silhouette. Rogers, Peet & Company was a men’s clothing firm established in 1874 that had twelve stores in New York at its heyday. The brand was praised as one of the things that are “respectable, conservative, and clean” in the song Marry the Man Today from the musical Guys And Dolls, which held its first public performance in 1950.