Striped Silk Ribbon Garters With Beaded Tassels

Striped Silk Ribbon Garters With Beaded Tassels, c. 1930s, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: c. 1930s

Origin: Britain

Fabric: Silk, elastic, glass

Brand: Unknown

 

A pair of striped silk ribbon and elastic garters, embellished with glass bugle bead medallions, paste rhinestones and bugle bead tassels. The beads were likely originally pink but the paint has mostly faded away.

Garters were commonly worn to keep stockings up just above the knee until the popularisation of suspenders, whether attached to corsets or a belt. Until the invention of elastic, garters were tied onto the body with ribbon. Elastication allowed for a more comfortable and flexible fit.

 

From the collection of Karolina Laskowska