Peggy Top – Albert and Daphne
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Peggy Top

$129.00 $109.00


Peggy is an oversized slouchy top with high front yoke.

The latest Peggy features a pointillist style painting by Jan Troop 1900 called Portrait of Mrs Marie Jeannette de Lange.  

In 1899 Marie rallied for the improvement of women’s clothing to be fashionable but not restrictive. The prime concern was the medical danger of the corset, which prohibited freedom of movement and respiration due to the narrow laces tied around the back, and because of the heavy weight of the crinoline it carried.

As industrial production of loose-fitting wear was still in its infancy, reform clothes were often home-made. The outfit Marie Jeanette is wearing in the painting is probably a bespoke, handmade (and maybe self-made) creation, combining a peachy pink, softly flowing dress with a bolero vest. As with most reform clothing, the design of the dress is very simple and the fabric as well as the trimming are undecorated. From Europeana.