Floral maternity dress with rolled-up sleeves

This is a floral dress with rolled-up sleeves. The dress belonged to the donor’s mother, Veronica Lee Kim Lian, who passed away in 1964. The size of the dress suggests that it was worn when the donor’s mother was pregnant. This Western frock does not only reveal the unique fashion taste and style of the wearer, but also reflects the increasingly Western and modern identity of Singaporean women from the 1950s onwards. Veronica worked as a sales representative at Robinsons Department Store. Her choice of garments was thus relatively trendy and up-to-date.

Date/Period
1950s-1960s
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Gross measurement: 93.5 x 67 cm
Accession No.
2010-04877
Material
cotton
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Veronica Lee Kim Lian
Category
Garments and Accessories

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