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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1925-1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk crêpe-de-Chine, hand-embroidered

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1925-1929 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk crêpe-de-Chine, hand-embroidered

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Petticoat and knickers of silk crêpe-de-Chine, France, 1925-1929




Hand embroidery; Pleating


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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