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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1953-5 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weavamill (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon, nylon lace

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ruth Sheradski

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Knickers of black nylon trimmed with rows of black nylon lace. They have an elastic inserted at the waist and reach from waist to top of leg. Labell inserted in a side seam.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1953-5 (made)


Weavamill (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Nylon, nylon lace

Marks and inscriptions

Label 'Weavamill W nylon For Perfect Fit'

Descriptive line

Knickers of nylon and lace, made by Weavamill, England, 1953-5.

Labels and date

A little help

Ruth Sheradski (1909-77) was an artist, illustrator and fashion writer who later owned the London antique shop Loot. She wore this padded bra and frilly lace knickers in the early 1950s.

By 1953 it was fashionable to have a sizeable bust and a very slightly rounded stomach. The bra has underwired cups and rubberised padding. The satin bow linking the cups draws attention to the cleavage.

Bra, 'Moonlight'
Britain, about 1953
Nylon, nylon lace and elastic
V&A: T.294-1977

Britain, London, 1953-5
Nylon and nylon lace
V&A: T.295-1977
Bequeathed by Ruth Sheradski [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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