Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
#3716 - c. 1890 RARE Red Heavy Linen Summer Outing Ensemble! Probably worn to the seashore. It's hard to find Victorian outfits that represent the "sporting" life. I've had some bathing costumes (you know, the ones with the long skirt and stockings - how did they swim in that!!). This outfit is of museum interest! Add a jaunty little hat and a parasol and she could be on her way to Coney Island or Atlantic City (100 + years ago when it was fashionable)! The outfit is handmade and has an inner button front cotton lining. It's not a finely made interior and has some lining ripping and discoloration, but it's a "WOW" on the dressform, and the exterior detailing is fabulous! Look at the edged thread design in the close-up photos - - they look like tiny life preservers! And the lace front bodice with sweet little red bowtie!!
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display