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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Corsetière Edith (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon, rayon, cut velvet lace, lace, elastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Caroline Wren

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Corsets were an essential part of a woman's wardrobe in the 1950s, and were used to create the fashionable hour-glass silhouette.

As foundation and support garments became increasingly sophisticated, lightweight materials such as nylon and new stretch fabrics replaced more traditional boning techniques.

Physical description

Black nylon and rayon corset with front panel of cut velvet lace and garters. Zipper closure and elasticised panels.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1950s (made)


Corsetière Edith (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Nylon, rayon, cut velvet lace, lace, elastic

Marks and inscriptions

'Corseteire Edith A&E Gabriel Ltd. 19/20 Grosvenor St. W1'


length: 54 cm, Width: 32 cm waist

Object history note

It was donated by the original owner's granddaughter, and is part of a gift of stock left over from the closure of the owner's lingerie shop

Descriptive line

Corset, Britain, 1950s

Labels and date

Corsetière Edith

Nylon, rayon and cut-velvet lace, with elasticised panels, boning and integral stocking suspenders; centre back zipper closure

Given by Caroline Wren
V&A: T.137-2000 []


Nylon; Rayon; Velvet; Lace; Elastic

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Underwear; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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