Designed by Corsetière Edith
Nylon, rayon & velvet lace
Museum no. T.137-2000
© Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonGiven by Caroline Wren
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.