Mrs. Sylvia Pedlar American

Sylvia Pedlar was a renowned American lingerie designer in the mid-20th century. She regularly updated historic forms to create her luxurious nightwear and lingerie. The toga form was one of her earliest and most outstanding designs which she continued to use and change throughout her design career. This example is very avant garde not only in its simplicity of cut, but in its bright, almost psychedelic patterning which presages the era of the 1960s.

Not on view

Public Domain


Designer: Mrs. Sylvia Pedlar (American, 1901–1972)

Manufacturer: Iris Lingerie Co., Inc. (American, 1929–1970)

Date: 1955

Culture: American

Medium: synthetic

Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Sylvia Pedlar and Mr. Philip Saffir, 1970

Accession Number: 2009.300.3871a, b

Marking: Label: "Iris Lingerie"