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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin ribbons, boning, metal fasteings

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Raper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA6

Physical description

"Ribbon corset" made from strips of cream silk satin ribbon connecting boning and lacings, metal fastenings.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1895 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin ribbons, boning, metal fasteings


Circumference: 48 cm waist, Circumference: 59 cm hip, Height: 28 cm front, Height: 19 cm back

Descriptive line

Ribbon corset, cream silk satin with boning and metal fastenings, made in England, ca. 1895

Labels and date

Summer wear

Ribbon corsets were recommended for slender women for summer. This one was worn by a woman from a merchant family living in Brazil: Fanny Harvey Fleetwood Raper, nee Duder (1879-1957).

While the upper edge of the corset lies under the bust, allowing more freedom of movement, the bones in the sides constrict the waist and those in the back reinforce an upright posture.

Possibly Britain, about 1900
Silk satin ribbon, whalebone (baleen), metal eyelets and steel busk
V&A: T.18-1958
Given by Mrs Raper [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]


Silk satin; Ribbons; Boning


Underwear; Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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