Dress of soft blue cotton velvet, V-necked, long-sleeved, dropwaisted. Used circa 1920-1930. Belonged to Betty Anderson of Kew.
Betty (Elizabeth) was the daughter of James Caldwell Anderson and Mary Lloyd Anderson, and grand-daughter of renowned architect Lloyd Tayler. Born in 1889, Betty was one of four siblings, all of whom she outlived. The family lived at 'Mynda', 5 Molesworth Street, Kew, Melbourne. Betty served in the Red Cross during World War I, although details are confined to a nurse's apron and a photograph. She never married, and lived to the age of 92, passing away in 1982.
Dress of pale blue cotton velvet. Dress is long-sleeved and has a dropped waist. Bodice front has v-shape and diamond-shape panels and four graduated velvet bows with beige silk lining. Bodice is lined with blue silk. Front bodice shoulder and chest darts. Bodice back has two shaping darts. V-shaped neckline with beige silk v-shaped insert. Set-in sleeves have opening with two press studs at wrist and four narrow tucks on opposite side to opening. Flared four-gore skirt with centre front narrow v-shape panel tapering to hem.
Donation from Mrs Elizabeth Brodribb, 16 Jun 1988
Type of item
370 mm (Width), 1290 mm (Height)
Height measured neck line to hem, measured on mannequin. Width measured shoulder seam to shoulder seam
1060 mm (Circumference)
Dropped waist seam circumference