Nursery Days by
Angela, a member of the C&TA has a collection of children’s clothes from 1890 – 1980. In this book she displays much of her collection by the use of beautiful photographs.
The book is organised into chapters showing different types of clothing such as ‘dresses and smocking’, ‘underwear and nightwear’ and ‘heirlooms, bonnets and bibs’. Each chapter consists of photographs of the items showing how the styles have developed over time. Whilst the photos are the star they are supported by explanation about the garments and interesting insights such as the development of the John Lewis brand name.
The photos enable us to explore all the different topics covered in the book providing clear and detailed examples of the various garments, prams and toys. For example with in the smocking chapter there are many detailed close up pictures that enable to viewer to clearly see the intricate patterns created
by the needlework
Continued book review;
As well as clothes, items such as toys, prams and books are considered and there is one fascinating chapter about the labels different designers and retailers used in the garments they sold.
At the back of the book various scenes of childhood have ben recreated and then photographed. These pictures give an insight I to things such as what children would have worn and played with on the beach, worn when spending time with their parents after tea in the nursery or taken to prep school.
Overall the book provides a fascinating way of displaying an interesting collection of children’s clothes to a wide audience. The quality of the photographs enhance the book and elevate it into one that I wold be happy to display as a ‘coffee table’ book for all to see and enjoy.
Kate Parkin, C&TA committee member