A Dance Student's Dress
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.
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.
velvet, cotton fibre
whole: 920 x 540 x 400 mm
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