Brassiere and petticoat

c. 1949

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT
New York City, United States

The mid-twentieth century saw the return of the bust as a focal point, enhanced by a variety of bra styles. Overwire breas arched overtop the breasts, rather than supporting them from below. This bra style eliminated cleavage, and was thus viewed as appropriate to wear beneath evening dress with low necklines.


  • Title: Brassiere and petticoat
  • Fashion House: Poirette (brassiere), Christian Dior (petticoat)
  • Date Created: c. 1949
  • Location Created: USA (brassiere), France (petticoat)
  • Type: Brassiere and petticoat
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Pale pink nylon lace and stretch satin (brassiere); pale pink nylon net, horsehair net, and silk taffeta (petticoat)
  • Credit: Gift of Bestform, Inc (brassiere), Gift of Despina Messinesi (petticoat)

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