'Angela' Adjustable Garter Dress By Bordelle

'Angela' Adjustable Garter Dress By Bordelle, c. 2010, UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 2010

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Satin elastic

Brand: Bordelle


A corselet style dress with padded and underwired cups, a zip back fastening and detachable garter straps. The body of the dress is comprised almost entirely of satin elastic strips constructed in a ‘bandage’ fashion (this style was arguably first popularised in outerwear by Hervé Léger in the late 1990s), with small gaps between the strips allowing glimpses of the skin beneath. The elastic is adjustable at the centre back through the inclusion of gold plated rings and adjusters, allowing the wearer to alter the garment to fit their own body.

Adjustable elastic straps may be seen as a relatively common garment feature today (particularly on shoulder straps), but it wasn’t until the 1950s that it became a standardised design feature. Indeed, some brands in this decade didn’t just use it on shoulder straps, but innovated wraparound bra bands with adjustable elastic strapping.

Bordelle was founded in 2007 Alexandra Popa and Javier Suarez, initially offering a mix of lingerie and bodywear with its now signature ‘bondage’ inspired aesthetics. The brand continues to focus many of its designs on satin elastic strapping and luxurious 24ct gold components, often incorporating details such as custom designed embroidered tulles and delicate satin bows.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2018-045


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