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Christening Gown
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Title: Christening Gown
Identifier: T.38.68
Donor: Miss Marion Gaston, 6 January 1968
Item Date: 1880-1905
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A white cotton dress with a tiny dot design in the fabric. There are five pleats starting at the neckline, which are held in place with a zigzag embroidery design. There are two ties sewn at the waist. The neckline and sleeves have eyelet lace. The dress closes at the back with a drawstring and two buttons. One button is missing. The bottom hem is embroidered at the seam line.

Up until the 17th century young babies were wrapped in tight swaddling clothes carried to the font in a bearing cloth. This was a large square of lavishly trimmed silk. It evolved to a front opening robe fastened with ribbon ties showing a petticoat beneath, in the mid- 18th century. The first Christening robes were made in the style worn every day by 18th century children. Both boy and girl children wore slip dresses, with a very long flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice, low neck and short sleeves. This fashion has remained popular for Christening ever since.
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