Historical information

The Fashion & Design collection of the Kew Historical Society includes examples of women’s, men’s, children’s and infants’ clothing from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Items in the collection were largely produced for, or purchased by women in Melbourne, and includes examples of outerwear, protective wear, nightwear, underwear and costume accessories.

Physical description

Late Victorian black silk taffeta cape featuring extensive use of high quality guipure lace on the front and at the back. While the lace is in excellent condition, there is extensive splitting of the silk fabric. The cape was owned by one of the donor's maternal ancestors.