Beach pyjamas, 1920s, donated by Mrs Janet Mills, 1988.67.61.a
Gisborne has been a popular beach holiday destination for many decades, and the beach has long played a part in the development of women’s fashion.
These beach pyjamas would have been an important part of the fashionable woman’s beach-going wardrobe in the 1920s. Made from lightweight muslin, their bright, colourful print allowed the wearer to express her individuality whilst also maintaining appropriate levels of skin exposure; protecting the skin from the damaging sun was not the main concern in the early 20th century, rather protecting the eyes of the innocent bystander from seeing too much skin!
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