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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cellular Clothing Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton aertex, boned, broderie anglaise, metal

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss E. J. Bowden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Corset made of white cotton aertex cellular cloth (Quality O). Made in two halves and joined by a white tape lacing at the centre back and four white metal loops and studs at the centre front. Its top and bottom are convex to accommodate breast and hip with the apex of the points at the centre front and back where it is most strongly boned. Twelve sets of double bones are inserted through tapes to stiffen the remainder of the garment. The waist band is of white tape and stamped inside the right side with two semi-circular blue medallions which are inscribed. The top is trimmed with a narrow scalloped white open-work band of broderie anglaise.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1895 (made)


Cellular Clothing Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton aertex, boned, broderie anglaise, metal

Marks and inscriptions

'AERTEX' [in the centre] and 'THE CELLULAR CLOTHING COMPANY' [round the edge] and 'Quality O' [between the previous two]
Stamped inside the right side of the waist band, in two semi-circular blue medallions

On a paper label stuck inside the centre front of the waistband

'23 / 3'
Written in pencil on the left inside of waistband


Circumference: 56 cm waist approx

Descriptive line

Corset made of cotton aertex cellular cloth, made by Cellular Clothing Co., England, ca. 1895

Labels and date

'Clothed with Air'

Aertex is a cellular cotton fabric which traps air within its structure to help insulate the body. It was launched in 1888 by Lewis Haslam, a Lancashire mill owner and politician, who developed the fabric together with two doctors.

Using the tagline 'clothed with air', the Cellular Clothing Company sold underwear, nightwear and sportswear around the world.

Cellular Clothing Company
Britain, London and Bolton, about 1895
Cotton Aertex, whalebone (baleen) and metal busk, trimmed with broderie anglaise
V&A: T.235-1968
Bequeathed by Miss E. J. Bowden


Aertex; Boning; Broderie anglaise


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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