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Clothing

The costume collection includes 1,000 principal garments, two thirds of which represent dress for women, the remainder evenly split between costume for men and children.

The majority of the collection dates from the period 1840 to 1910, with good examples from each decade.  In many cases the makers or retailers labels are still intact, adding to our knowledge of dressmaking and tailoring skills in addition to documenting the role of drapery establishments in Victorian and Edwardian times.

 



Womans Clothing Womans Clothing
The earliest costume in the collection is a women’s dress of acid –yellow silk c.1760, donated with a corset which may well have been part of the original ensemble.   In general, everyday costume and occupational dress is not as well represented as the finer or Sunday Best outfi...

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Accessories Accessories
Fashion accessories such as shoes, hats, fans, bags and shawls supplement the main costume collection, illustrating a myriad of techniques and materials, from fish scales and beads to whalebone and ostrich feathers.

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Children's Clothing Children's Clothing
A large collection of over 100 christening robes, many beautifully embroidered, and examples of 1900s sailor suits and pinafores form the core of the collection of children’s costume at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. 

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Draper's Shop Draper's Shop
In 2007 the museum opened a draper’s shop, R.J.SLOANE, based directly on the original from Kilkeel in Co. Down. Today’s visitors can see the drapery shop as it would have been around 1907, complete with the weaver at work in the ‘shed’ at the rear of the shop.  &...

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Men's Clothing Men's Clothing
Dress for men is represented by several versions of the eponymous ‘Ulster’ overcoat, Dress and everyday suits, and a very significant and substantial collection of uniforms relating to transport history in Ireland. The shirt making industry of the North of Ireland, which once supplie...

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