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  • Maternity & Nursing Corset With Open Bust, Elasticated Panelling & Laced Side Seams By Corset Au Coeur, c. 1910s, France. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

    The End of Maternal Corsetry

    The end of the nineteenth century was marked by several political, economic and social changes that permanently affected the fabric of Western communities. To understand how these changes were reflected in the lives of ordinary people, it can be useful to explore their effect on clothing and more specifically, women’s undergarments. The changes that occurred in breastfeeding garments from 1900-1945 illustrate how social, economic and medical practices shaped the objects being designed during that time.

  • Ribbon Garter & Silk Stocking Gift Set, c. 1920s, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

    Guest Post: Depilation in the 1920s, by Lucy Jane Santos

    In this series of posts, I will be taking something from the Underpinnings Museum’s collection and using it to look at an object from my collection of historical beauty items. Today’s twin…