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Slip petticoat & knickers

Slip petticoat & knickers

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utility (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed rayon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pink flowered printed rayon slip petticoat and French cami-knickers.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1940s (made)


Utility (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Printed rayon

Descriptive line

Printed rayon slip petticoat and French cami-knickers, made for Utility, Great Britain, 1940s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

plate 141
De la Haye, Amy (ed.). The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947- 1997. London : V&A Publications, 1997

Labels and date

Wartime restrictions on clothing included a ban on the use of silk for civilian purposes. In keeping with the measures imposed, these rayon or 'artifical silk' undergarments are short and fairly slim-fitting with narrow hems, little elastic and no trimmings. Patterns with a tiny repeat, such as this floral design, were used to aviod wastage when cutting. [1997]






Fashion; Clothing; Underwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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