Woman's underwear in the 1800s. V&A collections.

Woman's underwear in the 1800s. V&A collections.

Woman's underwear.
English
1800s

Combinations: white cotton with Bedfordshire Maltese lace trimming around the neck, sleeve and leg. The front is trimmed with hand-made insertion and white work embroidery, seamed to fit the body and fastened down the front with cotton washing buttons used to fasten the rear flap.
Museum no. T.15-1958

Corset: red sateen with bones covered in yellow leather, fastened with a spoon busk.
Museum no. T.131C-1919

Steel wire bustle: the bustle was constructed to compress when the wearer was sitting down.
Museum no. T.84-1980

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