Informal dress for upper- and middle-class Englishmen in the 1860s and '70s Informal dress for upper- and middle-class Englishmen in the 1860s and '70s

According to Joan Nunn, "The dress and hair-style immortalized by Tenniel in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland represents the simplest dress of 1860-65, worn with a pinafore. Pinafores in white muslin, checked gingham, black silk or sateen, were an accepted part of girls' dress throughout the century, and were also worn by small boys. The long hair, brushed back straight and smooth under a band, was typical if curls could not be achieved, but some girls' hair was braided." — Fashion in Costume, 1200-2000

Source of Image: Left: "You're nothing but a pack of cards!" (John Tenniel's illustration to chapter 12, Alice in Wonderland). Right: "Alice found the Red Queen (John Tenniel's illustration to Chapter 12, Through the Looking Glass).

References

Nunn, Joan. Fashion in Costume, 1200-2000. 2nd edition. Chicago: New Amsterdam Books, 2000.


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