Designer: Maison Léoty (French)

Date: 1891

Culture: French

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Miss Marion Hague, 1945

Accession Number: C.I.45.27a, b


In the eighteenth century, the corset imposed a more-or-less conical configuration to the upper torso. By the late nineteenth century, a more softly rounded female form was preferred. This extended even to the body in profile. The straight and rigid busks of the eighteenth century gave way to busks that not only curved into the waist but also rounded out over the belly.