gallery of english costume

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Book 7 - Children’s Costume

  1. Dress, 1897, blue and white cotton in woven pattern, trimmed with white openwork embroidery; length 31": boots, black leather fastening with seven buttons: black woollen stockings. This dress was worn on the day of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. By 1900 black or brown stockings, matching the boots or shoes were worn, replacing for everyday wear the white ones which had been the usual wear for most of the century".
  2. Dress, 1868-72, white muslin, embroidered in blue wool; bodice lining made to take short centre front; length 36". The skirt is in three layers, a plain muslin underskirt, a skirt with two frills at the hem and a shorter overskirt, sewn at the sides to make the draped apron front and puffed at the back, to imitate the bustle of women’s fashion, by the looping of three tapes from the waist to buttons just above the hem.“
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Book 8 - Costume for Sport

  1. “Riding Habit, 1880-90, brown twilled wool; habit bodice, lightly boned, wrap-over skirt, shaped for knee; hat, brown felt, trimmed with brown silk ribbon. Beneath the skirt are long breeches of chamois leather. Cloth or skin breeches or trousers had been worn since the beginning of the century, although petticoat or petticoats were often worn as well, up to this time.”
  2. “Dress, 1883-6, cotton, striped, mainly in shades of blue with pink and other colours; bodice and skirt with three hoops forming a bustle; hat, stiffened straw, cream silk ribbon band. There is no record that this dress was actually worn for tennis, but the comparative looseness of it’s lightly boned bodice suggests it."