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Petticoat

1925-1929 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pink petticoat and knickers of silk crêpe-de-Chine. The petticoat is straight cut flaring slightly towards the knee length hem which is cut into points. The top is cut straight and has wide ribbon shoulder straps. Additional fullness is inserted in an inverted pleat at the centre back waist. The straps, top and vandyked hem are edged with bright blue silk binding.

Pink silk knickers finely pleated throughout, vandyked and edged with bright blue silk. Straight cut, full and with material ironed into narrow pleats. They have elastic at the waist. There is a gusset at the hem which is cut into blue points matching those of the petticoat. Hand-stitched.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Chemise
  • Knickers
Materials and Techniques
Silk crêpe-de-Chine, hand-embroidered
Brief Description
Petticoat and knickers of silk crêpe-de-Chine, France, 1925-1929
Physical Description
Pink petticoat and knickers of silk crêpe-de-Chine. The petticoat is straight cut flaring slightly towards the knee length hem which is cut into points. The top is cut straight and has wide ribbon shoulder straps. Additional fullness is inserted in an inverted pleat at the centre back waist. The straps, top and vandyked hem are edged with bright blue silk binding.



Pink silk knickers finely pleated throughout, vandyked and edged with bright blue silk. Straight cut, full and with material ironed into narrow pleats. They have elastic at the waist. There is a gusset at the hem which is cut into blue points matching those of the petticoat. Hand-stitched.
Object history
This underwear was made for and worn by Miss Emilie Grigsby (1876-1964) who was a wealthy independent American who came to England from New York. She established a salon which was frequented by writers and the military. She was considered to be one of the great international beauties, with extremely pale, almost transparent skin and golden hair. She was frequently the subject of articles in the New York Times during the early 20th century. Her clothes were purchased from couturiers in London, Paris, and New York, and demonstrated an elegantly avant-garde approach to style.
Collection
Accession Number
T.183&A-1967

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record createdFebruary 8, 2008
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