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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gossard (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon, polyamide and elastane

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the makers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bra made of white nylon, polyamide and elastane.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1991 (made)


Gossard (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Nylon, polyamide and elastane

Object history note

Registered File number 1991/2424.

Descriptive line

Bra 'wonderbra' of nylon, polyamide and elastane, made by Gossard, Great Britain, 1991

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

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.

Labels and date

The Wonderbra was introduced by Gossard in 1969 and soon became a best seller. Made from 26 separate parts, its padded cups and plunging neckline are designed to achieve maximum cleavage. The Wonderbra remains as popular today as ever. Karl Lagerfeld, commenting in 1994 on the revival of the voluptuous bust at the latest Paris fashion show, cited the Wonderbra as 'the single most important feature of fashon in the past 10 years'. [1997]


Nylon; Polyamide; Elastane


Women's clothes; Underwear; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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