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Title
 
A Dance Student's Dress
1980s
Description
 
An Irish dancing dress worn by a pupil of the Bradley Academy of Irish Dancing for competitions in the early 1990s. The dress is embroidered by machine with designs taken from the Book of Kells. Each dress is different, with designs chosen to reflect the individual dancer. The Academy stages the Southern England Championships, in Croydon every July, a prestigious event that attracts up to 500 dancers and a large audience. About 350 children attend Irish dancing classes in Croydon every week. Classes are held at the Croydon Irish Association in Broadcoombe, Selsdon, each Saturday 4.30-6.30pm.
Object Name
 
dress
Date
 
1990-2000
Physical Description
 
Green velvet dress with plain round-necked bodice and long sleeves. Full gored and pleated skirt with
stiffened interlining. Machine embroidered with coloured cottons, adhered diamante, crochet collar. Diagonal
sash at rear.
Material
 
velvet, cotton fibre
Measurements
 
whole: 920 x 540 x 400 mm
Theme
 
Work & Play | Leisure
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 6 | Kiosk 5
Type
 
Museum Objects
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service