This amazing outfit by one of Lady Diana's favourite labels, Mondi, dates from c 1989-1990 their 'Business' range! Yes, people wore such fashions to work before days of corporate conformity! Now, I guess you'd wear the ensemble for a steampunk look, but more likely to wear as separates: the jacket with frilly shirt & leather pants & boots eg, but the hobble skirt is fab stand alone, & the trousers well they are exquisite!
High waisted 'caballero' pants are the big style statement now, and only high end companies selling them, vintage is a fab option and these you can fold down the gorgeous striped lining!
I chose The Alamo 1836 as inspiration as red & navy were US artillery uniform colours 19th century but the pants look very Spanish/Mexican with high waist cut: so versatile as separates could be worn by either!
I remember She Bangs the Drum being a big hit at this time, and in the whole outfit which is a size UK 12 too big for me I felt like a military drummer boy so quoted some lyric as inspiration. And also 'Garryowen' song of many 19th century regiments even Custer's 7th Cavalry, but actually a song of Irish military origin. It was sung by 87th (later became Royal Irish Fusiliers) at the enemy during Battle for Tarifa during Peninsular war, and was marching song of 88th (Connaught Rangers).
A UK size 12 EU size 40, I'd be keeping it for the pants alone if they weren't too big!
45% Wool 55% polyester
The Hats are also available listed separately, new not vintage.
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