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Fancy dress costume

Fancy dress costume

  • Place of origin:

    Surrey (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1930-1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton gabardine; metal and glass; imitation leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Anne Pullar-Strecker, headteacher, on behalf of the governors and pupils of St Peter's School, Tandridge

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Airman's costume for a child consisting of the following parts:

1. Pair of airman's overalls made of brown cotton gabardine. It fastens at the front and has cloth straps around the wrists and ankles.
2. Airman's cloth helmet of brown cotton gabardine. It fastens under the chin with two buttons.
3. Pair of pilot's goggles, made from metal and glass with red plush around the eye pieces. They fasten with a band of black elastic. The glass is missing from the right eye.
4. Imitation leather belt.

Place of Origin

Surrey (probably, made)


1930-1939 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton gabardine; metal and glass; imitation leather


Circumference: 59 cm waist measured on mannequin, Circumference: 60 cm chest measured on mannequin, Length: 28 cm nape to waist measured on mannequin, Height: 108 cm total including hat; measured on mannequin, Width: 28 cm shoulders measured on mannequin

Object history note

Part of a collection of fancy dress costumes given to the V&A in 1978 which were made for and worn by the eight children of Dr and Mrs Andreae of Tandridge, Surrey (see MISC.319 to 351-1978). The names of the chidren were:

Caroline Constance (b. 22/06/1915)
Mary Charlotte (b. 03/02/1917)
Janet Frances (b. 16/08/1918)
Elizabeth Helen (b. 27/09/1919)
Bridget Beryl (b. 09/07/1921)
Edina Philippa (b. 03/08/1924)
John Edward (b. 20/12/1926)
Octavia Margaret (b. 26/07/1929)

The costumes passed into the ownership of St. Peter's School in Tandridge, whose headteacher, Anne Pullar-Strecker, donated them to the Museum.

Descriptive line

Child's pilot fancy dress costume (overalls, helmet, goggles and belt); brown cotton gabardine, glass and metal, imitation leather; England, 1930s


Gabardine; Cotton; Metal; Glass


Machine sewing

Subjects depicted



Europeana Fashion Project; Children's clothes; Fancy-dress; Children & Childhood

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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