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Maternity Day Dress

circa 1885-1890s

(, - present)

Pregnancy, and health conditions associated with maternity, often endangered the lives of mother and unborn child in the nineteenth century. In more cases than not, pregnant Victorian women continued to wear the tightly-corseted, constricting fashions of the day rather than adopt loose, commodious clothing that offered a more comfortable and healthful approach for a mother-to-be. A loose-fitting dress with unrestrictive waistline and shoulders was often referred to as an invalid gown and would be worn during a woman's late term.


Museum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 1999.27

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