Eighteenth-Century Jumps and Quilted Waistcoats

This paper explores eighteenth century quilted waistcoats and jumps, examining their production, consumption and mediation in order to better understand these garments in the first dedicated study. It first unpicks definitions of jumps, quilted waistcoats, bodices and stays, and examines surviving examples, in order to establish the material qualities of jumps and quilted waistcoats. This is followed by a look at the lifecycle of a pair of jumps or quilted waistcoat by drawing out the production processes, wearing practices, and cultural constructions. This provides a more nuanced understanding of quilted waistcoats and jumps in this period, as a garment which straddled the boundary between under- and outerwear.

Material History /Virtual World

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA is offered jointly by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. It encourages interdisciplinary, innovative and critical approaches to the history of design across a range of mediums, places and times. Students work closely with the collections and curators at the V&A, as well as participating in the creative community at the RCA.