Rare soft wrap corset, c.1810-1820. Made from ivory cotton and completely hand stitched, the corset has gathered bust inserts and triangular side-hip inserts as the only shaping. It is laced only at the upper back opening. Waistline ties wrap around and pin in front. The corset was likely meant more for modesty under a sheer dress than for significant support. The soft, wrap-style is rarely found.
A piece of fabric described as the Holy Grail of fashion history will become one of the star attractions at Hampton Court Palace after it was identified as the only surviving piece of clothing worn by Elizabeth I.