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Christening gown

Christening gown

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Gladys Murdoch

  • Museum number:

    MISC.711:1 to 3-1992

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The gown is made from a densely patterned floral lace with a net background, and has been constructed as simply as possible to show the fabric off to best advantage. The seaming has been kept to a minimum, and a separate undergown made rather than trying to line the garment.

This rather elaborate lace may have come from a bridal department or shop, but the principle of selling pre-hemmed fabric for dresmaking was well established by the 1930s, and many home dressmakers used such fabrics in the making of children's clothing.

Physical description

Set of Christening garments.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1937 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Object history note

Given by Mrs Gladys Murdoch (RF 92/ 213). The garments were made by Mrs Murdoch for her daughter Elizabeth Marion Murdoch, who was born on June the 29th, 1937. Liz Murdoch was a member of V&A staff, working in the Education Department, and died unexpectedly in 1991.

Descriptive line

Christening gown, undergown and bonnet for a baby, lace and silk; England, 1937

Production Note

Made by the donor for her child


Children's clothes; Ceremonial objects; Christianity; Europeana Fashion Project


Museum of Childhood

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