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Girl's dress

Girl's dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1940 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Russet velvet with a lace-trimmed cotton collar

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Girl's dress of unlined russet velvet. The dress has a round neck and short inset sleeves, to which are tacked a three-quarter collar and small triangular cuffs of quilted white cotton, trimmed with cutwork and edged with machine-made lace. The bodice front (which falls from a yoke) and the skirt are gathered to the self fabric waistband, and the garment fastens at the bodice back and beneath the true left arm with a combination of metal press studs and hooks and loops.

Place of Origin

England (made)


about 1940 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Russet velvet with a lace-trimmed cotton collar

Object history note

The vendor (a descendant of the artist John Crome) married in Cairo early in WW2. With the war & this place of residence in mind she began to collect traditional English clothes for the children she hoped to have: Dinah & Simon Prewin were born in Cairo in 1941 & 1944 respectively, and lived there for some years.

Descriptive line

Girl's dress of russet velvet; English, about 1940


Velvet; Cotton (textile); Lace




Museum of Childhood

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