Advert for Mrs Pedro, dressmaker & wardrobe dealer
Medium: Print on paper
At the beginning of the 19th Century, most people’s clothing, rich and poor alike was either home made or made by tailors or dressmakers like ‘Mrs Pedro’, featured in this advert. By the end of the century there had been a dramatic change and clothing worn by ordinary people was mass produced and could be bought ‘off the peg’ in departments stores. Wealth was displayed through people’s clothing and individually made garments were a sign of great wealth. It is interesting to note that the average man’s wage was just £1 a week and some wealthy families spent over £1000 a year on clothing.