Thursday, February 24, 2011

Girl's Own Paper, September 1884

In our large sketch by the seaside our artist has taken a portion of the beach at Ramsgate as a background for his figures, and everyone looks thoroughly comfortable, as if their holiday was a real one, not a sham.
The fashion column in The Girl's Own Paper was called "Dress: In Season and In Reason", but to modern eyes these dresses look neither reasonable nor comfortable wear for the beach!  From left to right the main figures are wearing a "coloured batiste with Venetian embroidery", "a black lace dress, made up over grey silk" and "one of the new tunics with a puffed front".

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