ADORABLE GIRL IN COSTUME

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What is the story behind this interesting photograph? We see a very cute young girl posing for her portrait in an unusual costume? She is holding some sort of “stick” in her hand. Is it a riding crop? Is she wearing riding attire from her time period (turn of the century)? Please leave a comment with any ideas you may have about her clothing or the “stick” she is holding. The photographer is Perrtz of York, Pennsylvania. To view other photographs by Perrtz, click on the category “Photographer: Perrtz”.

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  1. […] blogger has a question about this girl’s outfit.  What is she wearing?  I’m not very familiar with this era, or children’s clothes, […]

  2. Riding costume or perhaps a parade costume? She looks a little like a Drum Majorette, and the stick could also be a baton.

    • Parade costume is an excellent suggestion. I guess the costume could also be from a theatrical role. I wonder what riding garb looked like at the time of this photograph? We now have three good explanations for her costume.

  3. Riding habits looked like this, generally, throughout the Victorian period. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8383227@N07/3126148219/

    All of the riding habits in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York where I work are like this one: plain black or navy wool, influenced heavily by men’s tailoring. No trimming except for buttons up the front.

    Here is another photo, but its harder to see and is earlier in the century than your photo (c. 1870s)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8383227@N07/3126148265/

    And for comparison, here is a magazine fashion plate with ideas for fancy dress ball costumes, c. 1881 http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?826100

  4. Thank you motozulli for sharing your research on riding habits. It seems likely that the “adorable girl in costume” is not dressed for riding. Perhaps she is dressed to be in a recital or show. Thanks again for your comments.


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