The Livrustkammaren in Stockholm has a treasure that no one really talks about, despite that it is such an amazing thing as 40 something item from a royal wardrobe from the 17th century. I think there are three reasons for that. 1; they are men’s clothes. 2; Karl X Gustav (1622-1660) doesn’t really catch the romantic imagination, fat and dumpy as he was. 3, it’s located in Sweden. The fact remain, there is a more or less intact 17th century men’s wardrobe in existence and that ought to be much more well known than it is.
A couple of years ago some of the clothes were exhibited together and it was a real treat to be able to see the clothes that the king wore at formal occasions contrasting with the clothes he wore when he could wear what he wanted. His personal taste was rather austere and simple in cut and colour. Here are some samples from this amazing collection.
Loose jacket, (kassack) in scarlet broadcloth and gold brocade.
Suit in brown wool (kamlott)
Brownish grey suit in uncut velvet. Made by Augustinus Heredin.
Suit in grey silk (rips), decorated with gold and silver
Suit in black silk (rips)
Suit in grey wool (kamlott.
Suit in brownish grey, or olive, wool.
Suit in black silk (atlas) embroidered with gold. May have been Karl X Gustav’s coronation suit in 1654, but that is not proven.
Suit in white silk (atlas). Made by Mårten Balko
Suits in black silk (rips). The trousers are decorated with yellow silk ribbons tied into bows.
More goodies can be found in teh database- go and look:
There are more in the database and here is how you find them:
Go to http://emuseumplus.lsh.se/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=collection&moduleFunction=search
At “SAMLING” choose “Livrustkammaren”. Skokloster and Halwyllska museet has great collections too, but Skokloster has almost no clothes and Halwylska, who has, are focused on the later 19th and early 20th century.
At “KLASSIFICATION” click on the small square and choose “Dräkt”
At “ÅR FRÅN”, write in the year you want the search to start.
At “ÅR TILL”, write in the year you want to search to stop at.
At “FÖREMÅL MED BILD” choose “ja”.
Then you push ”SÖK” and enjoy!