Corset

ca. 1825 - 1835 (made)
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White cotton corset with silk trapunto work. Busk down centre middle, separate breast double-gussets with trapunto strap in centre of each breast. Corded and quilted work down sides of corset, armholes set quite far back. Laces down the back.


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Materials and Techniques
Cotton, silk thread, trapunto work
Brief Description
Corset, cotton with stitching and cording, England, 1820s-1830s
Physical Description
White cotton corset with silk trapunto work. Busk down centre middle, separate breast double-gussets with trapunto strap in centre of each breast. Corded and quilted work down sides of corset, armholes set quite far back. Laces down the back.
Dimensions
  • Waist measured inside garment circumference: 52cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Bust measured inside garment circumference: 71cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Underbust measured inside garment circumference: 56cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Across back width: 27.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape waist length: 26.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape hem at front length: 50cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape hem at back length: 45cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Hip measured inside garment circumference: 75cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
Gallery Label
Light control for a more natural figure Unlike 18th century stays, this corset has gussets over the breasts and hips which allow for the natural curves of the female body. Decorative quilting around the diaphragm supports and lifts the breasts which are separated by a broad central busk. The busk also flattens the stomach. The wearer would have needed help to dress because the corset laces at the back. Corset Britain, about 1820-30 Cotton with quilting, cording and whalebone (baleen), linen interlining; replacement busk V&A: T.57-1948 (16/04/2016-12/03/2017)
Collection
Accession Number
T.57-1948

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record createdSeptember 3, 2007
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