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Corset

Corset

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1890-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, whalebone, trimmed with broderie anglaise and silk ribbon, and steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss S. P. Emery

  • Museum number:

    T.184-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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A double layer of vertical tapes has been skilfully stitched onto a foundation of horizontal cotton bands to create this elegant corset. The vertical tapes form channels for the whalebone strips, which were then secured into place with bound edges. The whalebone insertions fan out over the bust and hips, helping to create the fashionable curvaceous silhouette. This type of design was known as a 'ventilated' corset and was suitable for sports and summer wear. The spaces in between the whalebone and cotton tapers were intended to allow air to circulate, enabling the skin to 'exhale' and perspiration to evaporate. This was one of the many 'health' innovations endorsed by manufacturers of late nineteenth century underwear.

As awareness increased of the damage caused by wearing corsets, many attempts were made to modify construction and spurious claims were frequently advertised to boost sales.

Physical description

Corset made of whalebone and cotton trimmed with broderie anglaise and silk ribbon. Front-fastening busk, slot-and-stud fastening and centre back supports are made of steel. Slightly below waist length and with gussets to accommodate the breasts and hips. Machine stitched.

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1890-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, whalebone, trimmed with broderie anglaise and silk ribbon, and steel

Marks and inscriptions

'1849'
'TANAFIT'

Dimensions

Circumference: 23 in waist

Descriptive line

Corset made of whalebone and cotton trimmed with broderie anglaise and silk ribbon, Great Britain, 1890-1900

Materials

Cotton; Silk; Steel; Baleen; Broderie anglaise

Techniques

Woven

Categories

Textiles; Fashion; Underwear; Lace; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

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