Monday, May 12, 2014

History's Runway: A Little Girl's Dress, 1930

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Made in 1930, this little girl's dress of unlined cotton is printed with a design of stylized flowers and foliage in pale green and blue on a white ground. This sort of dress would have been suitable for everyday wear and play.

Designed in a simple style, the dress has a round neck with a delicate turn-down collar of white lawn.  It’s puffed sleeves are gathered into a frill beneath fabric band above the hem. The dress s given fullness by the pleating of the neck and a shoulder panel at each side.  It fastens at the back of the bodice with five pairs of bound buttons and stitched loops. 

Embellishment and style come from the hand embroidery in powder blue and olive green which adorns the bodice.  Each of the four points of the collar is worked with a design of scrolling lines and geometric shapes which is repeated on the two shoulder panels .

Crafted in the U.K. by Liberty & Co. Ltd., the gown still bears a label stating, “LIBERTY & CO/ REGENT ST, LONDON.”

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