M979.7.1-5 | Suit

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1896, 19th century
Fibre: silk (velvet, taffeta, corded) cotton (lace, lining); shell: mother of pearl
Gift of Miss Shirley Bradford
© McCord Museum
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The McCord's collection of rare children's costume dates from the 18th century to modern times. As with the adult costume, much of the clothing was intended to be worn on special occasions. This Little Lord Fauntleroy suit was so named after the child who wore such garb in Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1886 novel, Little Lord Fauntleroy. Velvet suits with a sash and lace collar and cuffs became very popular as young boy's party wear during the late 19th century. Such attire, however, was undoubtedly a reflection of adult rather than childish tastes! This particular suit was worn by Walter Russell Bradford when he served as a page boy at a wedding in Granby, Quebec, in 1896.