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Bra and suspender belt

Bra and suspender belt

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1960s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Corsets Charmereine (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton and nylon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Caroline Wren

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Lilac and floral printed cotton and nylon bra and suspender belt

Place of Origin

France (made)


1960s (made)


Corsets Charmereine (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton and nylon

Descriptive line

Bra and suspender belt, f, lilac/floral cotton and nylon, Charmereine, France, 1960s

Labels and date

The introduction of nylon into the commercial market in the 1950s helped to diversify the kinds of fabrics and finishes available, and innovations in printing and colour techniques put an end to the thirty-year dominance of tea-rose pink for underwear. Bright floral prints became popular, and Punch magazine of 16 March 1955, exclaimed: 'There is no pink - not in Paris.'

Suspender belt and bra
Corsets Charmereine
France (Paris), late 1950s
Nylon, with nylon power net, elastic, and rubber and metal clasps; with xip fastening
Given by Caroline Wren
V&A: T.144:1&2-2000 [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]
French chic

The introduction of nylon transformed the appearance and functionality of underwear from the late 1940s. It was lightweight, strong, hard-wearing and could be washed, drip-dried and worn again without ironing.

Nylon also came in an exciting range of colours and prints, as this matching bra and suspender belt from the 1950s illustrates.

Bra and suspender belt
France, Paris, late 1950s
Nylon, nylon net, cotton, elastic with zip fastening and rubber and metal clips
V&A: T.144:1&2-2000
Given by Caroline Wren [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]


Cotton; Nylon


Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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