A Dolman (from Turkish dolaman "robe" ) Originally, the term referred to a long and loose garment with narrow sleeves and an opening in the front. It was worn generally by the Turks, and is not unlike a cassock in shape.
The name "dolman" was also given to the uniform jacket worn by hussars. The close fitting, short-cut coat was heavily braided. It was usually worn under a pelisse, a similar coat but with fur trimming, usually worn slung over the left shoulder with the sleeves hanging loose.
A dolman is also an outer garment worn by ladies, with wide cape like arrangements instead of sleeves. It was a favourite style of mantle worn by fashionable women in the 1870s and 80's.
A dolman sleeve is a sleeve set into a very low armscye; in fact, the armscye may extend to the waistline, in which case there will be no underarm seam in the blouse. Dolman sleeves were very popular in ladies clothing during the Civil War. They returned to popular fashion in the mid 1980s with dolman sleeves on acid and stone-washed denim jackets geared towards teenage boys and girls. They had the effect of making the shoulders look sloped therefore minimizing the appearance of the waist.
Dolman sleeves are created by making the fabric near the shoulder a wider cut than toward the wrist.
In the early to mid 1980's, pop-rock singer Adam Ant frequently wore a hussar's dolman jacket, occasionally with a long cape, in his music videos. In the early to mid 2000s, the alternative rock group My Chemical Romance wore hussar's dolman jackets in connection with their third album, The Black Parade. Several Japanese rock singers, most notably Klaha, Gackt, Kamijo, and Zin, have worn both hussar's dolman jackets and pelisses as part of their stage and music video wardrobes. As a result, the hussar's dolman jacket, with or without the accompanying pelisse, have become an accepted part of the visual kei fashion style.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dolman". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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