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Outfit Collection

"From English suffragettes to traditional Cambodian dancers, outfits have always been a powerful expression of identity and culture

Background imageOutfit Collection: Carnaby Street Boutique

Carnaby Street Boutique
CARNABY STREET A girl poses in the mirror as she tries on an outfit with a short waistcoat. Her friend is wearing a see-through chiffon blouse. " Lady Jane" boutique

Background imageOutfit Collection: Rifleman of 95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot

Rifleman of 95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot at the time of the Crimean War. This regiment became the Rifle Brigade which changed to the 3rd Green Jackets (The Rifle Brigade)

Background imageOutfit Collection: English suffragette, feminist newspaper, 1908

English suffragette, feminist newspaper, 1908. News seller, she is standing on the street not the pavement so as not to be arrested. The suffragettes published their own magazine / newspaper

Background imageOutfit Collection: The Dolly Sisters, New York

The Dolly Sisters, New York
The Dolly Sisters in the Greenwich Village Follies, New York, 1924. Photograph by Alfred Cheney Johnston 1924

Background imageOutfit Collection: Traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageOutfit Collection: Jane Russell in The French Line

Jane Russell in The French Line (1954) - an RKO Radio Picture. Directed by Howard Hughes Date: 1954

Background imageOutfit Collection: Three Japanese Geisha girls playing Go

Three Japanese Geisha girls playing Go
Three Japanese Geisha girls in Kobe, Japan, playing the popular boardgame Go in their beautiful Kimonos

Background imageOutfit Collection: High Street, Barnes, West London

High Street, Barnes, West London
A simply stunning real photographic postcard showing the High Street, Barnes, West London, featuring a very smart carriage (left) with two finely-dressed coachmen and a horse bus behind

Background imageOutfit Collection: Railway Sleeper - Melton Mowbray Station

Railway Sleeper - Melton Mowbray Station
The Railway Sleeper series - A snoozing Hunstman taking a nap with his foxhound at Melton Mowbray Station! Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageOutfit Collection: The Pearly King and Queen of Thornton Heath

The Pearly King and Queen of Thornton Heath
Larry Barnes (1926-2011) - Pearly King of Thornton Heath and one of Variety Theatres last specialist acts. Pictured with his Pearly Queen Maggie (1932)

Background imageOutfit Collection: Madame Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora - photograph by Downey

Madame Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora - photograph by Downey
Madame Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora - photograph by Messrs Downey. Date: 1894

Background imageOutfit Collection: Annie Peck masked and dressed for climbing

Annie Peck masked and dressed for climbing
Annie Smith Peck (October 19, 1850 July 18, 1935), American mountaineer pictured in her climbing outfit at the time she had scaled Mount Huascan

Background imageOutfit Collection: Japanese girl practising calligraphy

Japanese girl practising calligraphy Date: 1909

Background imageOutfit Collection: Black Dyke Mills Band

Black Dyke Mills Band
Representatives from the Black Dyke Mills Band proudly showing off their National Championship, Crystal Palace, 1000 Guinea Trophy won on 29th September 1928. Their conductor was William Halliwell

Background imageOutfit Collection: The Dolly Sisters, Paris

The Dolly Sisters, Paris
The Dolly Sisters wearing creations by Jean Patou in La Valse Lumineuse, Paris En Fleurs, Casino de Paris, Paris, 1925 1925

Background imageOutfit Collection: The Dolly Sisters wearing Lucile gowns

The Dolly Sisters wearing Lucile gowns in the I Love Thou Lovest number, League of Notions, London, 1921 1921

Background imageOutfit Collection: Advert for Burberry winter sports wear 1926

Advert for Burberry winter sports wear 1926
A group of skiers take a rest. Date: 1926

Background imageOutfit Collection: London Life: Costermonger Pearly Kings and Queens, Southwark

London Life: Costermonger Pearly Kings and Queens, Southwark Date: circa 1940

Background imageOutfit Collection: Black and white minstrels

Black and white minstrels
A fashion shoot featuring the Black & White Minstrels in Tatler, 1962. The outfit worn by the model in the middle is a white silk, two-piece

Background imageOutfit Collection: Lady Delamere in her Coronation outfit

Lady Delamere in her Coronation outfit
Lady Delamere (1906 - 1979), formerly Ruth Mary Clarisse Ashley (sister of Edwina Ashley, Countess Mountbatten) wearing one of the new robes for peeresses designed by Norman Hartnell for

Background imageOutfit Collection: Dolly Sisters and chorus in Diamond tableaux

Dolly Sisters and chorus in Diamond tableaux
The Dolly Sisters wearing creations by Jean Patou and chorus in the tableaux La Mine Diamants (Diamond Mine), Paris En Fleurs, Casino de Paris, Paris, 1925 1925

Background imageOutfit Collection: Sergeant - Royal North British Dragoons

Sergeant - Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys). Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageOutfit Collection: Pipe Major of The Scots Guards

Pipe Major of The Scots Guards in full ceremonial dress. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageOutfit Collection: Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing Machine

Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing Machine
Seated Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing machine in traditional costume, with a similarly-dressed lady alongside as well as a smart Welshman

Background imageOutfit Collection: Queens Own Corps of Guides

Queens Own Corps of Guides
A British Officer (Captain) of the Queens Own Corps of Guides. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageOutfit Collection: Carnival, Trinidad

Carnival, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageOutfit Collection: A Subtle Competition by H. M. Bateman, golfing fashion

A Subtle Competition by H. M. Bateman, golfing fashion
Cartoon by the master of social satire, H. M. Bateman showing two men in competition to wear a series of increasingly outrageous golf outfits

Background imageOutfit Collection: Liza Spain outfit from Harvey Nichols

Liza Spain outfit from Harvey Nichols
An elegant, pure wool suit by Liza Spain from Harvey Nichols of Knightsbridge, London. The skirt is softly gathered at the front, the jacket gently shaped with a flattering standaway collar

Background imageOutfit Collection: German Massage Parlour

German Massage Parlour
Greetings from the Massage Parlour ! A young lady in spotty swimwear is treated (rather vigourously I would imagine) by a rather solid-looking Masseuse, who is kneading away at knots

Background imageOutfit Collection: English suffragette feminist newpaper, 1908

English suffragette feminist newpaper, 1908

Background imageOutfit Collection: Saucy dancer, wearing only balloons - Following raid

Saucy dancer, wearing only balloons - Following raid
Saucy dancer, wearing only balloons, following a police raid: " You can t pin anything on me!" Date: late 1930s

Background imageOutfit Collection: Sketch of the Dolly Sisters, Paris

Sketch of the Dolly Sisters, Paris
Illustration of the Dolly Sisters by Zig for a promotional leaflet for Paris - New York, Casino de Paris, 1927 1927

Background imageOutfit Collection: Two dolls dressed in Spanish costume

Two dolls dressed in Spanish costume, Spain, Europe

Background imageOutfit Collection: Portrait of two dancers in traditional Thai classical dance costume

Portrait of two dancers in traditional Thai classical dance costume, smiling and looking at the camera, Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageOutfit Collection: Portrait of a traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat

Portrait of a traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageOutfit Collection: Vaslav Nijinsky / Tennis

Vaslav Nijinsky / Tennis
VASLAV NIJINSKY Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, seen here in his tennis outfit for Jeux

Background imageOutfit Collection: Lady Golfers Outfit

Lady Golfers Outfit
What every lady golfer should have worn in 1924: an outfit designed by Madeleine Vionnet

Background imageOutfit Collection: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in wedding costumes

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in wedding costumes
Louis XVI, King of France (1754-1793, reigned 1774-1792) with his wife Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) in their wedding costumes at the ages of 15 and 14 respectively

Background imageOutfit Collection: Barred from Womens Lecture for wearing bloomers

Barred from Womens Lecture for wearing bloomers
A woman wearing bloomers is stopped by a Vicar from entering a Lecture (for Women Only !) as she is wearing bloomers, which Rev Self Righteous views as totally unsuitable for a lady! Date: 1911

Background imageOutfit Collection: Saved by a female Bather

Saved by a female Bather
A gentleman bather who has found himself in trouble, is rescued by two extremely glamorous lady bathers. One has him firmly In Tow

Background imageOutfit Collection: Bonzo - Bostocks remarkable Sea lion

Bonzo - Bostocks remarkable Sea lion
Bonzo a remarkable performing Sea Lion at Bostock and Wombwells Travelling Circus - pictures with trainer Zetta Hills Date: circa 1926

Background imageOutfit Collection: Officer of Royal Regiment of Artillery

Officer of Royal Regiment of Artillery (1879) in undress uniform with sword and undress sabretache. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageOutfit Collection: Lieutenant of the Royal Horse Artillery

Lieutenant of the Royal Horse Artillery in Full Dress. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageOutfit Collection: Fashion for 1956

Fashion for 1956
A bolero and dress of lightweight wool georgette with all accessories from Debenham and Freebody, is a spring winner. The bolero

Background imageOutfit Collection: Wurlitzer Mandolin

Wurlitzer Mandolin
Wurlitzers flat-back mandolin outfit Date: 1924

Background imageOutfit Collection: Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America

Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America
Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, North America

Background imageOutfit Collection: Man and Woman of Friesland (Holland)

Man and Woman of Friesland (Holland). A book of national types and costumes from the early 19th century

Background imageOutfit Collection: Girl in a Pierrot Costume

Girl in a Pierrot Costume in this stylised circular painting by Malcolm Greensmith



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"From English suffragettes to traditional Cambodian dancers, outfits have always been a powerful expression of identity and culture. In 1908, the fearless English suffragettes donned their outfits as they fought for women's rights, while a feminist newspaper spread their message far and wide. The Rifleman of the 95th Regiment of Foot showcased his impeccable uniform, embodying strength and honor. In the glamorous world of Hollywood, Jane Russell dazzled audiences in her stunning outfit in 'The French Line. ' Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean, The Dolly Sisters captivated New York with their stylish ensembles that exuded elegance and charm. Traveling back in time to 1926, an advertisement for Burberry winter sports wear captured the spirit of adventure on snowy slopes. On a different note, the Black Dyke Mills Band mesmerized audiences with their musical talent while dressed impeccably in matching uniforms. Delving into Japanese culture, three Geisha girls engaged in a strategic game of Go while adorned in exquisite kimonos. Closer to home in Thornton Heath, London's Pearly King and Queen proudly displayed their unique attire decorated with mother-of-pearl buttons. However diverse these outfits may be throughout history, we must acknowledge that some representations were misguided or offensive. The black and white minstrels' costumes perpetuated harmful stereotypes instead of celebrating cultural diversity. On a more positive note again was Lady Delamere who radiated regal grace wearing her Coronation outfit. And finally yet importantly at Angkor Wat's UNESCO World Heritage Site stood a Traditional Cambodian apsara dancer whose intricate costume mirrored the temple's grandeur. "