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Petticoat

ca. 1955 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This petticoat is made of white nylon. Its layers of stiffened ruffles give it the shape needed to support the full skirted silhouette of 1950s fashion. Although nylon was produced much earlier, it did not become widely used in womens' undergarments until the late 1940s and early 1950s. This is an instructive example of the advancements made in nylon underwear in terms of both shape and comfort.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Nylon with elastic
Brief Description
F, white, nylon petticoat, Sidroy Deluxe, ca. 1955
Physical Description
Knee-length petticoat, thin elastic waistband. This nylon petticoat is stiffened with fine rows of machine embroidered lace ruffles with scalloped edges.
Dimensions
  • Length: 70cm
  • Waist circumference: 52cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Sidroy / DELUXE'
  • 'Model / Garment / size WMS'
Credit line
Given by Mrs Vivian Albany Ward
Object history
This petticoat was worn by the donor, Vivian Albany Ward (nee Williams) for her wedding to Mr Ward in Wood Green, Middlesex, on 3 August 1957. She had previously donated her wedding dress, veil, and pink nylon lace corset by Berlei to the Museum in 1991.
Summary
This petticoat is made of white nylon. Its layers of stiffened ruffles give it the shape needed to support the full skirted silhouette of 1950s fashion. Although nylon was produced much earlier, it did not become widely used in womens' undergarments until the late 1940s and early 1950s. This is an instructive example of the advancements made in nylon underwear in terms of both shape and comfort.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
T.102-2009

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record createdJuly 13, 2009
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