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Slip petticoat

Slip petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utility (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rayon trimmed with lace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This slip is stylish but it reflects the strict rationing during the Second World War that included underwear. In 1941 the Board of Trade introduced the Utility scheme which dictated the amount of material, decoration and labour allowed for all types of clothing. As a result this slip was made of rayon rather than silk and had minimal trimmings to save on costs and fabric.

Physical description

Slip made of white rayon. Shaped to accommodate the bust and trimmed with lace.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1940s (made)


Utility (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Rayon trimmed with lace

Descriptive line

Rayon slip trimmed with lace, made for Utility, Great Britain, 1940s.


Underwear; Clothing; Lace


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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