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Vinrage baby boots from the Museum of Childhood, Babies Gallery, via V Museum

Vinrage baby boots from the Museum of Childhood, Babies Gallery, via V Museum

ca 1885  This dress is somewhat unusual in its fabric and trimmings. The printed silk shows some irregularities, and may have been a sample fabric. Textile workers were sometimes given these samples, which had usually been produced only in small amounts, so particularly suited to the making of children's garments. The fairly complex construction of the garment and the bold combination of velvet and lace as trimmings suggests that the dress was made by someone who was an experienced…

Dress

ca 1885 This dress is somewhat unusual in its fabric and trimmings. The printed silk shows some irregularities, and may have been a sample fabric. Textile workers were sometimes given these samples, which had usually been produced only in small amounts, so particularly suited to the making of children's garments. The fairly complex construction of the garment and the bold combination of velvet and lace as trimmings suggests that the dress was made by someone who was an experienced…

1870-1879 silk, twill, ribbon, yak lace, velvet, and brocade child's dress.  Via V.

Dress

1870-1879 silk, twill, ribbon, yak lace, velvet, and brocade child's dress. Via V.

Boy’s robe, ca 1750 France, the Victoria & Albert Museum        This boy’s robe dates from a era when young boys in Europe wore garments with skirts, a custom with unclear origins, but which most likely had to do with making it easier for them to urinate. The style was common until about 1920. A boy usually received his first breeches or trousers between four and seven years of age, sometimes in a special ceremony held by the family.

Boy's robe

Boy’s robe, ca 1750 France, the Victoria & Albert Museum This boy’s robe dates from a era when young boys in Europe wore garments with skirts, a custom with unclear origins, but which most likely had to do with making it easier for them to urinate. The style was common until about 1920. A boy usually received his first breeches or trousers between four and seven years of age, sometimes in a special ceremony held by the family.

Child's dress Place of origin:England (made)Date:ca. 1870 (made)Materials and Techniques:Velvet, book muslin, cotton twill, ribbon, lace, satin

Child's dress

Child's dress Place of origin:England (made)Date:ca. 1870 (made)Materials and Techniques:Velvet, book muslin, cotton twill, ribbon, lace, satin

1760 British Boy's ditto suit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Boy's suit

1937 Christening gown of delicate lace and satin baby ribbon.  It would be worn with an under gown, Great Britain. Via Search the Collections.

Christening gown

1937 Christening gown of delicate lace and satin baby ribbon. It would be worn with an under gown, Great Britain. Via Search the Collections.

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