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Corset cover

Corset cover

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1908-1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spirella (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton with steel boning

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Jean Murray Muir

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White cotton camisole corset cover with a cross-boned front creating a monobosom silhouette. Cotton over a wire framework.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1908-1914 (made)


Spirella (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton with steel boning

Descriptive line

Corset cover, made by Spirella, Great Britain, 1908-1914

Labels and date

The idealised Edwardian woman was statuesque, with hair piled high on top of her head, and a prominent monobosom, small waist and rounded bottom. The monobosom was the result of the S-bend corset that left breasts unsupported, and was exaggerated to create an unnatural 'pouter pigeon' chest that puffed out over the comparatively tiny waistline. Foundation garments like this were developed to help create this silhouette; the bodice shown here is described as a 'bust extender...f=For the person who is deficient in chest development'.

'Bust Extender'
Spirella Corsets
Britain (Letchworth), 1910-4
Cotton batiste trimmed with machine lace trim, with spiral steel boning
Given by Mrs Jean Murray Muir
V&A: T.348-1996 [2013-2015]
A 'Bust Extender'

The Spirella Corset Company marketed this style in its 1913 mail-order catalogue as a 'bust extender...for the person who is too thin or scant in chest development.'

Made with a frame of spiral steel boning, it is light, self-supporting and unpadded. This foundation garment was designed to create the full 'mono-bosom' fashionable at the time.

Bust extender
The Spirella Corset Company
Britain, 1910-14
Cotton, spiral steel bones and machine-made cotton lace edging
V&A: T.348-1996
Given by Mrs Jean Murray Muir [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]

Production Note

Attribution note: Spirella corsetry was made specifically to measure on a case-by-case basis for the individual client.


Cotton (textile); Steel




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

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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