Suffragettes wore purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. Members were encouraged to wear the colours “as a duty and a privilege”. Selfridges and Liberty sold tricolour-striped ribbon for hats, belts, rosettes and badges, as well as coloured garments, underwear, handbags, shoes, slippers and toilet soap.
The fabric would have been expensive for this petticoat. I wonder who was producing such silk for the Cause? Probably dressmaker or homemade.
of moire silk with wide purple stripes between verdant green edged with white stripes, a drawstring waistband and back opening with two mother of pearl buttons, gores to the skirt, the deep hem composed of four bias cut deep frills, each secured to the next, narrow band of velvet dust gatherer at the bottom.
waist 29 in;74 cm. Length 36 in; 93 cm
Very good condition.
A Portrait of Fashion, a new National Portait Gallery book by Cally Blackman and
March, Women, March, by Lucinda Hawksley, published by Andre Deutsch
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