Edwardian era (1901-1910) underclothing was the height of seductiveness, erotic and extravagant. The laborious application of embroidery, lace insertions, and ribbon work onto foundations of silk faille and cotton lawn was excessive for "garments not destined for a public career," and covered by equally elaborate outerwear. [Garter was worn under the petticoats, not like it is displayed here]
FIDM Museum Blog: Underpinnings, c. 1900-1903
Brassiere Rudi Gernreich (American, born Austria, 1922–1985) Manufacturer: Exquisite Form Date: ca. 1967 Culture: American Medium: synthetic Dimensions: 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the estate of Marye E. Murphy, 1972
Corset and petticoat. 1840s. Corset, probably American, white cotton boned with baleen; front lacing. Gift of William Davis McTeer, in memory of Joan Pavelin McTeer, KSUM 2011.12.39. Petticoat, Probably American, white cotton with eyelet border. Silverman/Rodgers Collection, KSUM 1983.1.60a
Corset, 1876, American, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Known as the 'Bon Ton', this corset was awarded the bronze medal at the Centennial Exposition. The fine embroidery representing traditional motifs of oak leaves and wheat ears symbolize well-being and prosperity.