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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1930s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roussel, John J. (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bobbin lace and buttonhole stitch in cotton, satin ribbon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Brassiere of bobbin lace and buttonhole stitch in pink cotton with satin ribbons.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1930s (made)


Roussel, John J. (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Bobbin lace and buttonhole stitch in cotton, satin ribbon

Object history note

Registered File number 1989/165.

Descriptive line

Brassiere of bobbin lace in cotton, designed by John J. Roussel, France, 1930s

Labels and date

Knitted to shape

Around 1928 J. Roussel of Paris introduced a knitted bra which used a unique spiral whirlpool pattern to fashion the cups. The technique created a softly rounded, natural profile.

The company claimed that their bras fitted to the body like a glove and were supple, light and quick to put on and take off.

John J. Roussel
France, Paris, or Britain, London, 1930s
Silk and cotton, with silk satin ribbon
V&A: T.196-1989 [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]




Bobbin lace making


Women's clothes; Lace; Fashion; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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