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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1872 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, trimmed with silk braid, fastened with bone buttons

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Juliet Reckitt and Messrs G. F. and A. L. Reckitt

  • Museum number:

    T.128 to B-1923

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a jaunty, sensible woman’s outfit of the early 1870s designed for boating or seaside walking. A hemline just at the ankle indicates a garment intended for walking outdoors. The style of the dress has been inspired by the colours and stripes of sailors' uniforms. It is made of cotton, so it is easily washed and dried. Despite its practical use, the ensemble still incorporates the details of fashionable dress, with an overskirt in front and a bustle worn underneath at the back.

Physical description

The dress is inspired by the sailor suit, and the jacket, which is hip-length, has a square collar with scarf ends. There are no patch pockets on the pleated basque. The skirt is gored with a straight panel at the back, gathered at the waist. The over-skirt is pointed with patch pockets and a pocket in the seam. There is also a belt trimmed with a stitched bow with long ends. The outfit is unlined. This is a jaunty, sensible and comfortable though decorative seaside outfit of a kind which rarely survives.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1872 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, trimmed with silk braid, fastened with bone buttons


Clothing; Sport; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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