1902 – The Ladies Recreation Club. Lagos

“It was the elite social group of Victoria era Lagos consisting of high-breed ladies, mostly Sierra Leonean returnees of Yoruba origin. It’s members included Victoria Davies, daughter of Queen Victoria’s protégé, Sarah Aina Forbes Bonetta Davies, also Beckely Sisters (possibly spelt Berkeley) and E. B. Macaulay’s daughter, Mrs. Lawson amongst other high profile ladies. The ladies are draped in Victorian era clothes (attributed to Queen Victoria who was the monarch at this point) which consist of bonnets, corsets, crinolines or hoop skirts while some had bustles. Some of them though can be seen in cuirasse bodice which became the apparent element and trend of the Victorian era fashion as the reign of Queen Victoria was coming to an end” – Bimbola Babarinde

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