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  • Place of origin:

    Ashbourne (made)

  • Date:

    1930s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richard Cooper & Co Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coutil with boning, metal, elastic and lacing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Ian Chipperfield

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wrap-around girdle of coutille, knitted rayon (Lastex), satin, steel boning, metal hooks and eyes.

Place of Origin

Ashbourne (made)


1930s (made)


Richard Cooper & Co Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Coutil with boning, metal, elastic and lacing

Marks and inscriptions

'65. Excelisor FOR VALUE CORSETRY G 205 Made in England SIZE 25'
Stamped on interior bone


Length: 43 cm including suspenders, Width: 76 cm widest point on flat

Object history note

Old store stock donated to the Museum in 1998 by Mr Ian Chipperfield.

Descriptive line

Wrap-around girdle, 'Excelsior', Richard Cooper & Co, Ashbourne, England, 1930s; Coutille, elastic, satin, steel.

Labels and date

Excelsior, 'For Value Corsetry'

This Excelisor brand corset incorporates panels of knitted Lastex yarn. The yarn is made with an extruded latex core wrapped in cotton, rayon or silk. It was hailed a miracle when it became available in 1931. The elasticated fabrics made from Lastex reduced the number of bones used in corsets and made them more comfortable to wear.

Wrap-around girdle, 'Excelsior'
Britain, Ashbourne, 1930s
Coutille, knitted rayon elastic (Lastex) and satin, steel boning, metal hooks and eyes
V&A: T.168-1998
Given by Mr Ian Chipperfield

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Coutil; Metal; Elastic


Boned; Lace


Underwear; Women's clothes; Fashion; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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