This corset’s silhouette is typical of ‘Titanic era’ fashion, with a smooth flowing line and long line. It was likely intended to be part of a wedding trousseau, or as occasion wear, as it is very lightly constructed. The main body is cut from a single layer of silk, with cotton facings on the front busk closure and back eyelet panel. Bone channels and the hem facings are cut from a tightly woven cotton ribbon.
The corset is very lightly structured, with flat steel bones encasing the centre back eyelets, 2 wide flat steel bones on each side towards the side back of the garment (which each have a gentle curve, which was either pre-formed or caused through wear), and a single light piece of baleen towards the front. The bones do not extend through the entire vertical length of the corset, and the ends are encased in the channels with either a hand sewn running stitch or flossing motif. An interrupted cotton waist tape is sewn only into the back half of the garment, as this was likely where the most strain was exerted during wear.
The interior of the garment has two woven labels, one stating ‘Corset Marque Lafayette’ and the other ‘Espécé’. This corset may have originally been sold in what would become the French department store Galaries Lafayette, which was initially founded in the late 19th century.