Bathing dress jacket for a doll

Although probably home-made to fit a small doll, this little outfit mirrors the styling and materials of a full adult or child’s bathing dress. Woollen fabrics such as serge and flannel were preferred, and the costume would be made in two pieces with a long tunic and three-quarter length drawers for warmth and modesty. Strong colours such as red and navy blue were favoured and these were often used in combination with a contrast of white. Not surprisingly motifs with a nautical flavour were often used to decorate bathing dress.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Toys dolls and games
Common Name
bathing dress jacket for a doll
Simple Name
bathing dress
Full Name
doll’s bathing dress jacket
whole length 135 mm; whole width 250 mm
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Family Group

wool; worsted braid; cotton thread; cotton; brass
Function Name
Function Detail
Dolls bathing dress based on a fashionable bathing dress of the late nineteenth century

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