Alternative Name(s): Strong Dress

Strong dress, grey, circa 1900. It was worn by one or more patients in mental health hospitals in Victoria Australia.

Strong dresses are reinforced in order to endure wear and tear caused by distressed patients.

Physical Description

Grey (faded) very heavy cotton dress, lined, and quilted with black stitching. Has a waistband and gathered skirt, round neck and narrow stand-up collar. Eyelets from neck to the waist at back. Long sleeves.


Example of clothing worn by patients at psychiatric hospitals in Victoria, Australia.

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