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Chemise

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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Women wore chemises next to the skin to protect the outer layers of clothing. The name comes from the French word for shirt or shift. Chemises were made of cotton or linen so that they could be easily washed. This one is marked with the wearer's name and a number to help identify it during the laundry process.

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  • Title: Chemise
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1851
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 45 in
  • Provenance: Given by Miss P. Canton
  • Medium: Linen, and muslin frill

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