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This corset was designed and made for the wedding of Mrs G.E. Dixon in July 1905. It is an S-bend corset, typified by the straight busk that compelled the pelvis backwards and the bust forwards into an angled ‘S’ shape. The corset offered some light control around the lower abdomen with strategically placed whalebones; however, since corsets rely on boning and strong fabrics for rigidity, the insertion of Mechlin-style machine lace and fine silk satin between the bones show that its function is largely decorative. The neckline is high, and the entire bust area is made of transparent lace decorated with silk flowers. At the bottom of the corset are four long suspender ribbons, attached with small gathered silk rosettes.

Details

  • Title: Wedding corset (1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: early 1905 (made) July 1905
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: Circumference: 54.5 cm waist (2.5cm gap), Circumference: 78 cm bust, Circumference: 64 cm diaphragm, Length: 37 cm to waist, Length: 57 cm overall, Circumference: 82 cm high hip, Length: 34.8 cm strap
  • Provenance: Worn and given by Mrs G. E. Dixon
  • Medium: satin, machine made lace and artificial orange blossom

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