As the fourth entry for my One Shot week, something else that's extra special. This garment resides in the Met's extensive collection, and is one of the oldest complete ensembles they have.
Its an extraordinarily rich garment in its decorations and details. In fact, there is hardly an inch of its surface that is not embroidered with silk floss, or metal wound cording, and threads of gold and silver. Some of the decoration is padded for relief, and the imagery is primarily of repeating pairs of trumpet shaped flowers, with yellow green centers.
Then at last there is the floor length coat, which really serves little real function, since its actually only half a cost. Only the back half of the body, and the arms are covered. Its real purpose, above any considerations of warmth, is to create another avenue through which position and importance can be related to the viewer. Being able to afford an essentially purposeless garment, and have that same article covered with lush decorative detail could do nothing other than reinforce the prominence of the wearer. The hanging sleeves of the coat are actually a hold over style from the 1400s, and they would continue as a style choice for a bit longer, to finally disappear in the 17th century.