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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    London, England (retailed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Debenham & Freebody (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, satin ribbon, silk, applied machine-made lace, boned, elastic, metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs T. Firbank

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, room 40, case X11

Physical description

Corset of peach cotton with a doeskin finish. The bones are covered with matching satin ribbon and peach machine-made lace applied to the top and bottom. Its length would cover waist to hip. The front panel is composed of interlaced satin ribbons. The back has peach silk laces for adjustment. There are full-length bones at the sides of the front and back panel and an additional set at the back of the hips. The side ribbons do not contain bones nor is there any sign that these have been removed. These are adjustable elastic. Eight white metal suspenders.

Place of Origin

France (made)
London, England (retailed)


ca. 1914 (made)


Debenham & Freebody (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, satin ribbon, silk, applied machine-made lace, boned, elastic, metal

Marks and inscriptions

'Made in France for Debenham & Freebody, London'
'Made in France'

Object history note

Worn by Miss Heather Firbank. This corset and a boudoir cap (T.65-1966) were donated by a relative several years after the original purchase of the collection in 1960.

Descriptive line

Corset of cotton, satin and machine-made lace, made in France, retailed by Debenham & Freebody in London, ca. 1914. Storage mount stored in T6/MB50/B4

Exhibition History

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion (Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 16/04/2016-05/02/2017)


Cotton; Silk; Lace; Boning


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

Collection code


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