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Not currently on display at the V&A


1957 (made)
Place of origin

Pink corset of nylon and lace with elasticised panels, boning and underwire. The centre back has the hook and eye closure.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Nylon, lace, wire, elastic and boning
Brief description
Corset of nylon and lace, made by Berlei, England, and retailed by Dickins & Jones, London, 1957
Physical description
Pink corset of nylon and lace with elasticised panels, boning and underwire. The centre back has the hook and eye closure.
  • Height: 12.5cm
  • Diameter: 25cm
  • Weight: 0.1kg
Measured for the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries
Production typeReady to wear
Gallery label
Corset Berlei London 1957 This ready-to-wear corset was worn underneath a wedding gown made from a Jacques Fath 'home couture' dressmaking pattern. Nylon and lace, with elasticised panels, boning and underwire; centre back hook and eye closure Given by Mrs V.A. Ward V&A: T.16:2-1991(22/09/2007)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Vivian Albany Ward
Object history
Registered File number 1990/2091.

Part of a wedding ensemble T.16:1 to 4-1991 and T.102-2009.

Wedding dress and veil was made from a Vogue pattern. It was designed by the house of Jacques Fath (the designer himself died in 1954). It was made for the donor by a professional local dressmaker, and worn by her for her wedding on 3 August 1957. The corset was bought at Dickins and Jones on Regent Street, London. and taken in slightly at the waist by the donor, as it was too big. The donor is Mrs Vivian Albany Ward (nee Williams).

The fabric for the dress was also purchased at Dickins and Jones. Vivian had intended to have her dress custom-made by the Harrods Bridal Room, but then discovered the dress pattern in the Vogue Patterns book, and noted how similar it was to her original choice. She decided to have her dress made by a private dressmaker, realising this would cost a lot less than going to Harrods.
Associated object
T.16:1-1991 (Ensemble)
Accession number

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Record createdJanuary 5, 2011
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