Art/ Collection/ Art Object


H & W Company
ca. 1908
cotton, bone, metal, elastic
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:
Not on view
The shaping and various closures that would provide for flexibility of this corset signals that it would be worn by a woman while she is pregnant and immediately after while nursing. The existence of such variations on the corset exhibits the ubiquitous nature and necessity of the corset. Even while pregnant, the body was required to be shaped into an acceptable silhouette. These corsets were worn by working and middle class women who were nursing their own children rather than using a wet nurse.
Marking: Label: "H&W/24"
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "The Corset: Fashioning the Body," January 25, 2000–April 22, 2000.

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