Alternative Name(s): Strong Dress
Heavy cotton quilted strong dress worn by agitated or violent female patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. The reinforced fabric made destruction of the garment difficult.
Blue (faded) very heavy cotton dress, lined and quilted. Has black stitching. Gathered skirt and waistband, round neck with stand-up collar. Back has eyelets to waist. Long sleeves.
Example of clothing worn by female patients at Victorian mental health hospitals.
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, May 1985
Place & Date Used
Type of item
86 cm (Length), 125 cm (Height)