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Title: Costume
Identifier: 2008.24.1
Donor: Bill Lawrence
Item Date: 1967
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2008
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Long grey dress with wide scoop neckline and long puffed sleeves. The waist line is circled by a 4 cm wide band of light grey gross grain ribbon. The dress is pleats below the waist line. The bodice and skirt of dress are lined in a cream coloured cotton. The bottom of the skirt ( underlining) is filled with cotton (?) batting which adds weight to the skirt. The front of the bodice is decorated with eleven looped strands of fabric covered cording forming a fan shape design. The same cording encircles the skirt along the hem-line. The back is closed with hook and eyes and finished with a large flat bow at the waist and a small flat bow at the neckline. The sleeves close with snaps at the wrist. the dress is hand stitched and is supposed to represent late 1820's early 1830's.

HISTORY:Margaret Helen Lawrence (nee Gray) was born on June 18, 1914 in Toronto. She graduated as a dietician in 1938 and that same year married her husband Bill Lawrence. Bill and Margaret settled in Port Credit in 1950 and together raised four children; three boys and one girl. Between the years of 1962 and 1964, Margaret served as Port Credit’s representative on the South Peel Board of Education. In 1968 she became the secretary for the Toronto Township Historical Foundation and remained a board member until 1988. Margaret was also an active member of the Mississauga South Historical Society and a volunteer for the Mormon Genealogical Library in Mississauga; she passed away on September 12, 1998.

Margaret and Martha Innes made this and other dresses for Centennial events at Bradley Museum in 1967. The dresses were all hand stitched to be authentic to the time period. Margaret was very active at the Museum during the Anchorage restoration. Her husband recalls her getting up at 2 am to see it being moved. Margaret has donated many items to the Museums.
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