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Girl's fancy dress costume - The Violet

The Violet

  • Object:

    Girl's fancy dress costume

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1915-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Net, satinised cotton, tarlatan and sateen

  • Museum number:

    MISC.97-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Children’s fancy-dress parties rose to popularity around the middle years of the 19th century. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularised the idea for children as well as for adults in Britain. One of the best-known of these occasions is the Lord Mayor of London’s annual fancy-dress party, for children of employees of the Corporation of the City of London, which dates back in an unbroken tradition from 1883 to the present day. Flowers have always been one of the more popular subjects for fancy dress, as here. A best-selling book of the Victorian era, Fancy Dresses Described; or What to Wear at Fancy Balls by Ardern Holt, describes many of them in detail.

The dress is of mauve net over a mauve satinised cotton bodice and matching tarlatan petticoat. The neck, shoulders, cuffs and hem are trimmed with artificial violets, and the neck, shoulders and waist with large leaves made of moss green sateen.

Physical description

Girl's fancy dress costume representing 'The Violet'. The dress is of mauve net, over a mauve satinised cotton bodice and matching tarlatan petticoat. It has a rounded neck frilled with pleated lisse, puffed sleeves, and a gathered skirt. The neck, shoulders, cuffs and hem are trimmed with artificial violets, and the neck, shoulders and waist with large leaves made of moss green sateen. The garment fastens at the back with hooks and loops.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1915-1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Net, satinised cotton, tarlatan and sateen

Dimensions

Length: 94 cm centre back

Object history note

Worn by a girl of the Monro family

Descriptive line

Girl's fancy dress costume, 'The Violet', made in the UK between.1915 and 1920

Materials

Satinised cotton; Net; Tarlatan; Sateen

Techniques

Stitching

Subjects depicted

Flowers, violets

Categories

Childrens' clothes

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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