I've been thinking about this vague but illuminating concept since I saw a few pictures from the exhibition at the Met. And I've come to realize that it is perhaps one of the main animating principles behind my incorrigible scrounging, thrifting, and collecting. Thrifting has generally been horrible lately here in San Francisco, but there are always things that slip through. Halloween can be a great time to thrift owing to some rather expansive definitions of costume. Favor smiled on me last week with a number of good finds. Long live AngloMania! First up, an amazing Huntsman suit dated January 31, 1975: The cut may best be described as a two-button roll one--it really is the trademark Huntsman one button cut with a sort of vestigial second button above fairly high on the chest. This may be a clearer picture of how it works. Check out the back. I've never seen anything quite like this before. Not quite a western back, but certainly equestrian-inspired: The back construction accounts for a lot of the shaping and skirting: The pants are interesting as well: Notice the lapped seams and the absence of back pockets: A simple wool cavalry twill, the suit acquires its considerable flamboyance solely through cut and details: The Huntsman label: All in all, a satisfying way to spend ten dollars. Fits just about perfectly too, though finding a place to wear it may pose a few difficulties. Another acquisition from the Halloween rack. This is a shawl-lapelled tartan jacket from Edward Sexton dated November 5, 1985. The lapels are really quite long: This is another piece that's nice to look at but perhaps a bit harder to wear. It's cut much like a dinner jacket but the lapels are self-faced rather than with satin or grosgrain. Not really casual, but not really formal either: A close-up of the cloth: Finally, an older piece but it fits here. This is a tweed Huntsman jacket dated June 11, 1975. The seventies, it turns out, could be very good: A three-button cut. Note how well the scarlet lining works with the tweed: Here's the back: And a close-up of the pocket: Well, that should do for now. I may, however, make this an on-going project.