Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Corset

Manufacturer:
Facon
Department Store:
Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1924)
Date:
1930–35
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, elastic, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Hollis K. Thayer, 1958
Accession Number:
2009.300.2834
Not on view
During the 1930s, designers offered dresses for day and evening that incorporated fabrics that were cut on the bias, causing the material to drape closely over the body. This corset is an example of the undergarments that would be worn under such body-conscious designs. As silhouettes and social norms changed during the 1920s, corsets became less restrictive and relied more on elastic and flexible materials rather than boning. This allowed for a great deal more comfort but still shaped the body to the appropriate silhouette for the clothing of the period.
Marking: Label: "Facon/Made Expressly For Saks Fifth Avenue"
Stamped: "313735"
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