Portrait of a man in a “banyan” surrounded by André Bouys (1656-1740)

The banyan, inspired by oriental dressing gowns, was worn for its comfort and casual elegance.

The subject’s richly decorated orange silk scarf and silver-embroidered vest illustrate this fashion well. This style reflects the influence of cultural and commercial exchanges with the Orient, as well as the importance given to appearance and social status in the society of the time.