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Corset

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 - 1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, silk thread, trapunto work

  • Museum number:

    T.57-1948

  • Gallery location:

    On display at The Frick, Pittsburgh, USA

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1825 - 1835 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, silk thread, trapunto work

Dimensions

Circumference: 51 cm waist approx

Labels and date

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

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Materials

Cotton; Silk thread

Techniques

Trapunto; Hand sewing

Categories

Underwear; Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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