Black Silk Georgette & Silk Lace Trim Step In Teddy

Black Silk Georgette & Silk Lace Trim Step In Teddy, c. 1920s. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 1920s

Origin: Unknown

Fabric: Silk georgette, silk machine lace

Brand: Unknown


A step in teddy crafted from silk georgette and silk machine lace. It features graphic panelling, with interchanging panels of lace and georgette. The lace has been carefully cut and placed with mirrored patterns, showcasing the intricate scalloped edge at the garment’s neckline, waistline and hem. A narrow trim is used through the neck and body of the garment, with a much wider lace used at the legs. The garment is largely pieced together with the panels appliquéd to one another, using an extremely fine stitch that gives a very delicate finish.

The interchanging panels of georgette and lace at the garment’s hem feature rounded edges to the georgette to mirror the scallops of the lace, with the silk panelling carefully gathered into the waistline to create extra volume. Silk ribbon forms the shoulder straps, and the gusset of the garment is crafted from narrow diamonds of silk georgette, buttoning closed with a small shell button. This piece has a loose and flowing fit, typical for 1920s lingerie styles.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2022-069


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