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Child's white cotton dress

Date: late 19th-early 20th Century
Dimensions:
Overall: 600 x 330 mm, 0.15 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Dress
Object No: 00018347

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    Description
    This white cotton infant's dress was worn in the 1890s. It has short puffed sleeves and a tightly gathered waist with a drawstring tie. The bodice and full skirt have been decorated with pin tucking and broderie anglaise and three hand-carved mother-of-pearl buttons have been sewn onto the back of the dress.
    SignificanceThis is a rare surviving example of a late Victorian or Edwardian child's dress.
    HistoryIn the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Australian children's clothing became less restrictive. Lighter fabrics, which were more suited to the hot antipodean climate, began to be used in preference to the heavier English velvets and flannels that had been so popular previously. Short sleeves began to be seen on girl's dresses, with frills and deep embroidered hemlines, broderie anglaise detailing, cape collars or yokes used for decoration. A new wardrobe for a new century.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: CHILD'S DRESS

    Web title: Child's white cotton dress

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