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Corset

Department Store:
Bon Marché (French, founded ca. 1852)
Date:
1904–6
Culture:
French
Medium:
cotton, metal, elastic, bone, silk
Dimensions:
15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of E.A. Meister, 1950
Accession Number:
2009.300.3123a–e
Not on view
A well-documented example, this corset perfectly illustrates the understructure required to accomplish the dominant S-curve silhouette of the time. It was purchased at the well-known Parisian department store Au Bon Marché in 1904. The front-lacing, as opposed to the usual back lacing, is highly unusual for this period. It became a more popular feature for corsets later in the 20th century, as it allowed a woman to put on and adjust the corset by herself.
Marking: Stamped: "L'Irresistible/Brevéte SGDG"
Disintegrated label
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