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Tennis Dress

1926 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This tennis dress is made of white linen with hem stitching and green linen appliqué. It is square in shape, below the knee in length and sleeveless, with a round neckline. At hip level it is belted with a white linen belt and a white rectangular buckle made of mother-of-pearl. It has flat folds from the hip level down. There are green linen square insets at the neckline, hip level and on the skirt.

The donor designed the dress and wore it for tennis. The donor said that she lengthened it in the later 1920s.
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Machine-sewn linen, plain weave
Brief Description
Tennis dress of linen, designed, made and worn by Hepburne Scott, Great Britain, 1926
Physical Description
Tennis dress made of white linen with hem stitching and green linen appliqué. The dress is knee length and has a square neck. It is sleeveless with a low waist marked by a belt. The hip pockets and pleated front of the skirt and the neck are trimmed with a chequered pattern carried out in green linen and hem stitching.
Style
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Given by Miss Hepburne Scott
Object history
Historical significance: Dress was designed by the wearer and worn by her for tennis. Donor said she lengthened it later in the 1920s.
Summary
This tennis dress is made of white linen with hem stitching and green linen appliqué. It is square in shape, below the knee in length and sleeveless, with a round neckline. At hip level it is belted with a white linen belt and a white rectangular buckle made of mother-of-pearl. It has flat folds from the hip level down. There are green linen square insets at the neckline, hip level and on the skirt.



The donor designed the dress and wore it for tennis. The donor said that she lengthened it in the later 1920s.
Collection
Accession Number
T.260-1976

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record createdJanuary 8, 2003
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