Costume, J. Redfern

Costume, J. Redfern

Costume (skirt and jacket)
John Redfern (1853-1929)
About 1911
London
Wool flannel with black velvet and silk lining
Museum no. T.39&A-1960
Worn by Miss Heather Firbank

This elegant grey flannel two-piece ensemble is called a 'costume'. Coat-and-skirt ensembles such as this would not have been considered suits until after the First World War. During the early 1910s, fashionable women wore slim skirts and neatly fitted blouses, often under quite loosely fitted coats and jackets. This outfit would have been worn as a walking suit.