Cotton, trimmed with silk braid, fastened with bone buttons
Given by Miss Julia Reckitt and Messrs G. F. and A. I. Reckitt
Museum no. T.128 to B-1923
This is a jaunty, sensible woman’s outfit of the early 1870s designed for boating or seaside walking. A hemline just at the ankle indicates a garment intended for walking outdoors. The style of the dress has been inspired by the colours and stripes of sailors' uniforms. It is made of cotton, so it is easily washed and dried. Despite its practical use, the ensemble still incorporates the details of fashionable dress, with an overskirt in front and a bustle worn underneath at the back.