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Leisure Wear 1807-1891

The fashion plates in these galleries depict 19th century designs suitable for outdoor pursuits.  Wealthy individuals could instruct their tailors and dressmakers to create leisure wear based on these images, reflecting the current trends in the fashion capitols of Paris and London.  

Fashion plate, 1880

Beside The Sea

Early bathing costumes and Promenade dress designs
Fashion plate, 1803

Horse Riding

Costume designs for the keen equestrian
Fashion plate, 1860

Exercise and Sportswear

Victorians favoured formal attire even when at play