Girls cotton bodice

Made 1900-1920

This is a girl’s cotton Liberty bodice made in Australia between 1900 and 1920. From the age of ten girls wore corded or bonded bodices, until, in 1908 the aptly named ‘Liberty bodice’ was introduced. This soft knitted garment replaced the old restricting staybands and bodices.

Summary

Object No.

85/2307

Physical Description

Girls liberty bodice in white cotton twill drill. Straight bodice reaching to waist with added shoulder straps. Centre front opening strengthened on one side with [whalebone] insert. Fastened by 5 cream coloured, two holed buttons. Centre back opening with [whalebone] insert on each side and 11 metal eyelet holes each side. One button on each side seam for attachment to drawers or petticoat.

Dimensions

Width

310 mm

Depth

360 mm

Production

Made

1900-1920

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Steven Cummings, 1985

Acquisition Date

20 November, 1985

Cite this Object

Harvard

Girls cotton bodice 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 January 2018, <https://ma.as/39096>

Wikipedia

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