Cotton Leavers Lace & Silk Bow Boudoir Cap

Cotton Leavers Lace & Silk Bow Boudoir Cap, c.1920s, UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: c.1920s

Origin: Great Britain

Fabric: Cotton leavers lace

Brand: Custom made

This boudoir cap has been constructed from narrow strips of cotton leavers laces, which have been carefully machine stitched together and overlapped to curve around the head. It is embellished with a single pink silk bow.

The boudoir cap is a type of lingerie headwear, most commonly worn during the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. It was originally worn over undressed hair, worn in the privacy of the boudoir alongside nightwear. In the 1910s and 1920s, it would be commonly worn to protect shorter hair styles during sleep. As the designs became more and more elaborate towards the 1930s, it began to be considered more of a decorative hair net. Like other forms of lingerie, boudoir caps were usually made in fine fabrics such as lace, tulle and satin. Embellishment was often profuse, with techniques such as ribbonwork being particularly commonplace.

From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2017-061


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