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girl's dress

girl's dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1950s (designed and made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Daphne Pearce

  • Museum number:

    B.477-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Girl's baby blue cotton smocked dress with pink and white stripes, 1950s. The dress has short cap sleeves. The lower part of the bodice has been smocked in white, darker blue and darker pink threads. Along the white stripes there is the added decoration of raised white dots neckline is square and slightly frayed to the right. There are two ties of the same material to fasten in a bow at the back of the dress. Four white pearlised plastic buttons fasten the dress at the back down the centre.

This dress is part of larger gift given to the Museum by Daphne Pearce who wore the clothes as a young girl growing up in the Northern suburbs of London. The clothes are all in pristine condition and were worn from the 1950s to 1960s and show a range from baby wear to pre-teen years, approximately 12. This collection typifies the clothing of the period and clothing labels and styles of the middle classes.

Physical description

Girl's baby blue cotton smocked dress with pink and white stripes, 1950s. The dress has short cap sleeves. The lower part of the bodice has been smocked in white, darker blue and darker pink threads. Along the white stripes there is the added decoration of raised white dots. The neckline is square and slightly frayed to the right. There are two ties of the same material to fasten in a bow at the back of the dress. Four white pearlised plastic buttons fasten the dress at the back down the centre.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

1950s (designed and made)

Dimensions

Width: 260 mm flat across chest, Width: 288 mm flat across waist, Height: 742 mm shoulder to hem

Object history note

This dress is part of larger gift given to the Museum by Daphne Pearce who wore the clothes as a young girl growing up in the Northern suburbs of London. The clothes are all in pristine condition and were worn from the 1950s to 1960s and show a range from baby wear to pre-teen years, approximately 12. This collection typifies the clothing of the period and clothing labels and styles of the middle classes.

Descriptive line

girl's baby blue cotton smocked dress with pink and white stripes, 1950s

Production Note

probably handmade

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Smocking; Machine sewing

Categories

Children & Childhood; Children's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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