I am starting a series of articles about the Costume Exhibition in Salisbury Museum. These are not dolls, of course (though, these mannequins may be looked at as a kind of dolls), but the main reason why I decided to show them here is that these examples may be very useful for re-creating historical fashions for dolls.
The Costume Exhibition in the museum is not very large. It occupies only one floor and it shows outfits from the Salisbury area. But the dresses are lovely (and there is an exhibition of 19th century dolls there, too, which I have already talked of earlier) and the museum itself is wonderful, so if you are ever in Salisbury and have at least a couple of hours of free time, please, visit it – you won’t be disappointed!
Now, to the Costume exhibition.
The period that fascinates me most is 1830-1850s, so, I’ll start with it.
This dress is my favourite. According to the sign next to it, it is from 1840-45 and is made of printed lavender muslin.
The dress closes at the front with hooks.
The collar is a lovely crochet lace one attached to the net.
Another dress that dates back to 1848. It is a wedding dress made of ivory French silk brocade.
A child’s purple woollen dress from 1865.
This pair of black satin slippers dates back to the 1840s but similar style was worn in the 1820-30s.
A gorgeous pair of red leather boots from 1850.
A straw bonnet from the 1840s.
And an exquisite wedding bonnet from 1865.
Blue silk parasol trimmed with embroidered machine-made net and lined with white silk from 1840.
Lots of gorgeous purses.
Some more photographs are in the gallery below.