Summer day dress, designer unknown

Summer day dress, designer unknown

Summer day dress
Designer unknown
1905
Great Britain
Printed striped cotton, with a yoke neck of tucked Broderie Anglaise frills and pin-tucked collar with a tape lace frill
Museum no. T.21 to B-1960
Worn by Miss Heather Firbank

Crisp-looking blue and white dresses such as this were popular for boating and seaside wear. It is decorated with lace, frills and pin-tucks, to give a soft and feminine appearance. The bodice is ruched and draped to create a low, puffed chest shape that was very fashionable in the 1900s, especially around 1905.

This dress was worn by Miss Heather Firbank (1888-1954), daughter of the affluent Member of Parliament Sir Thomas Firbank and sister of the novelist Ronald Firbank. Miss Firbank was young, 'had beauty, and she adorned it with exquisite clothes of a heather colour to complement her name', according to M. Benkovitz in 'Ronald Firbank: A Biography' (1970).