Peter Pan collar in history

The Peter Pan collar, that is trendy today, is well-knows as a collar for women and children of both sexes because of its curved lines. This historical cloak for children from V&A online gallery demonstrates that the Peter Pan collar was applied to childrenswear even 2 centuries ago. It was made in 1830s.

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20th century Vintage Collars

Givenchy, Hubert de (designer). Paris, 1955. V&A collection. Available from

The stand-up collar of this silk velvet evening cloak probably designed by Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon) is formed by three rows of ruching which draws the malleable fabric into soft gathers around the neck. High backed, the collar curves gently down at the front where it fastens with a single hook and eye and its base is trimmed with plump, pink satin rose buds with three buds at the back and six smaller versions at the front. (Twentieth-century FASHION IN DETAIL)

 England, ca.1915 Available from

Thierry Mugler black cotton velvet and polymide nylon “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” gown, c. late 1980s. The polyamide sculpted collar is trimmed in the very same velvet which makes the body of this nearly backless dress with mermaid hem.

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Shades of Rust Chain Mail Minidresswith Matching Collar, c. 1960s. Available from

Thierry Mugler mutli-color, undulating rainbow dress spring/summer 1990. Available from


Blackwork collars

Blackwork is a counted-thread embroidery worked in geometric designs with black silk on even-weave linen. Black isn’t the only acceptable color for working these patterns (red or scarletwork was also popular).

Anna Meyer in Madonna Darmstadt-Hans Holbein Younger, 1526 and after 1528
Portrait of Mrs Pemberton, Hans Holbein, 1535
Portrait der Lady Margaret Butts. Hans Holbein d. J.
Portrait of Mistress St Lo, later Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, 1560s. Misidentified as Mary Tudor.
Queen Mary I
Portrait of a lady in green-Agnolo Bronzino 1502-72
Portrait of Jacquemyne Buuck-1551