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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1927 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and machine-made lace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Beige silk chemise petticoat and knickers of silk and machine-made lace.

The petticoat is knee length and straight cut. With pleating down the front and cream machine-made lace along the top. Narrow shoulder straps.

The knickers are wide, full and knee length. With lace trimmed hems and sides which are open to the hip, the front and back, and connected with a gusset at the crotch. Elastic at the waist. Hand-stitched.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1927 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk and machine-made lace

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 and machine-made lace, France, 1927




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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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