|Reproduction hat, part of a 1790 costume|
Pleasure gardens were outdoor venues which charged an entrance fee. As well as strolling round the gardens themselves, patrons also enjoyed entertainments such as concerts and firework displays. Once inside the gardens however visitors were literally a captive audience, and Vauxhall Gardens in particular was infamous for selling poor quality food in tiny portions at outrageous prices - a tactic familiar to anyone who has flown on a budget airline!
Fortunately no food is involved here; instead the Pleasure Gardens form the backdrop to a display of eighteenth and nineteenth century costume.
The display has been open for some time, and earlier this year it was refurbished with new exhibits: as the museum has 22,000 pieces in its costume and textile collection, there was plenty to choose from! You can read more about the refurbishment here and here.
There wasn't a lot of information about the costumes (or if there was, I didn't spot it), so this is mainly a post of pictures.
|1790 dress with reproduction petticoat and fichu|
|Showing a blurry back view in the mirror|
|Close-up showing the pleating detail and fly braid trim|
|Fabric detail, image © Museum of London|
|The headress reminded me of this print|
|Moving on to the nineteenth century|
|1830 cotton pelisse|
|Close-up of cotton dress|
|Victorian archery outfit belonging to Mrs Fanny Giveen|
|The skirt and belt are originals|