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.


  • Title: Corset
  • Date Created: 1904–6
  • Physical Dimensions: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: cotton, metal, elastic, bone, silk
  • Culture: French
  • 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

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