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Evening dress

Evening dress from Jays Ltd, c. 1908. Jay Ltd. Pinner says: The V calls this dress "transitional", and it's easy to see why. The skirt is clearly turn-of-the-century, as is the high, poufy bust, but the waist is high and the over all silhouette is straighter than the late Victorian, flirting with the idea of straighter fashions to come.

Date: 1750 - 1799 (c.) Description: A pair of women's stays from the second half of the 18th century. Stays were the predecesser to the corset and were worn as a supporting undergarment. This pair has a linen lining with a silk front decorated with a floral design. They were worn over a cotton chemise and under the dress or gown. Whalebone was used to stiffen the stays which were laced up both at the front and the back. During the eighteenth century staymakers were usually men, due to…

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Shirt

Made 1540-1549, linen w/silk thread. Until the mid 20th century a man’s shirt was an item of underwear. However, those parts of it exposed when the wearer was fully dressed were often embellished.

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Corset

1890-1900 Skeleton corset See it in the books Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail, and Underwear in Detail. V T.184-1962

cupped silk corset love the color but it needs larger cups, these look uncomfortable.

1890 Woman's Corset and Shoulder Braces,Black and off-white cotton sateen, brown cotton lace, brown cotton twill, yellow silk thread, black and brown cotton/elastic. Probably Made by Williamson Corset and Brace Co., Saint Louis. Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA.

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Stays

Silk Damask Stays, 1770-90 from The VandA. I love the shape of 18th century stays, give you an amazing cleavage!

Before the Automobile: Reshaped 1780's stays. This pattern is similar to one in Corsets and Crinolines that I have cut and half-way boned.

Beautiful reproduction - French farthingale of Irish linen with grosgrain ribbon by Danielle Jordan - Costume Technologist | DRAPING STITCHING

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Evening dress

Inside of an 1890s bodice - bones on every seam

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Stays and busk

Stays (a stiff corset) were essential garments in the fashionable woman's wardrobe throughout the 17th century. Some sort of stiffening of a woman's gown had been part of dress construction since the early 16th century. Sometimes it was added to the outer bodice; sometimes it was in the form of separate stays worn under the gown.

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Gown

Gown Place of origin: Britain, UK (made) Date: 1760-1769 (made) 1740-1749 (hand woven) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk, lined with linen, hand woven and hand sewn Credit Line: Given by Mrs H. H. Fraser Museum number: T.433-1967 Gallery location: In Storage