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Corset

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roussel, John J. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Elasticated cotton, hook and eye closure

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Patricia Wilson

  • Museum number:

    T.110-2001

  • Gallery location:

    On display in Values of Design, Design Society, Shekou, China

The 'waspie' was a belt-girdle designed to cinch the waist and create an exaggerated hour-glass figure. It emerged in Paris during the war and became an essential tool in achieving the silhouette of the 'New Look', launched by Christian Dior (1905-57) in 1947.

Some people thought that the 'New Look' was a backward step for women's rights, because it restricted women.

This corset was made by J. Roussel, who had branches on the Boulevard Hausmann in Paris, and also on Regent Street in London. They specialised in exclusive corsetry made from a very fine elastic knit fabric galled ‘gaine’.

Physical description

Pink elasticated cotton waist corset with 7 hook and eye closures.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1948 (made)

Artist/maker

Roussel, John J. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Elasticated cotton, hook and eye closure

Marks and inscriptions

'[illegible] / J. Roussel of Paris'
Label; English

Dimensions

Circumference: 65 cm waist, Length: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Corset, pink elasticated cotton, J. Roussel, France, 1948

Labels and date

Corset
J. Roussel
Paris
1948

J. Roussel had branches on the Boulevard Hausmann in Paris, and also on Regent Street in London. They specialised in exclusive corsetry made from a very fine elastic knit fabric galled 'gaine'. [32 words]

Elasticised cotton, hook and eye closure

Given by P. Wilson
V&A: T.110-2001 [22/09/2007]

Materials

Cotton; Cotton

Techniques

Weaving; Sewing

Categories

Underwear; Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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