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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 - 1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, silk thread, trapunto work

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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)


ca. 1825 - 1835 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, silk thread, trapunto work


Circumference: 52 cm Waist - measured inside garment, Circumference: 71 cm Bust - measured inside garment, Circumference: 56 cm Underbust - measured inside garment, Width: 27.5 cm Across back, Length: 26.5 cm Nape-waist, Length: 50 cm Nape-hem at front, Length: 45 cm Nape-hem at back, Circumference: 75 cm Hip - measured inside garment

Descriptive line

Corset, cotton with stitching and cording, England, 1820s-1830s

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.

Britain, about 1820-30
Cotton with quilting, cording and whalebone (baleen), linen interlining; replacement busk
V&A: T.57-1948



Cotton; Silk thread


Trapunto; Hand sewing


Underwear; Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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