Cream Silk Crepe Step In Teddy With Lace Trim

Cream Silk Crepe Step In Teddy With Lace Trim, c. 1920s, USA. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: c. 1920s

Origin: USA

Fabric: Silk Crepe, Cotton Bobbinet, Machine Lace

Brand: Unknown


A step-in teddy made in a cream silk crepe, with a bust and leg line of machine lace trim, and a cotton bobbinet lining. A flourish of ribbonwork trims the centre bust, and small pieces of lace appliqué embellish either side of the garment legs. Shoulder straps are made of silk ribbon and the garment closes at the centre back with a row of metal hooks and eyes. Although there are no garment labels, the garment fabrication suggests that this piece was a mass-manufactured style. The garment cut is loose and unfitted, with the bifurcated leg cut suggesting the piece is from the latter half of the 1920s.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Part of the ‘Unboxing’ series of videos, created for The Underpinnings Museum by Sarah Hardcastle and Gill MacGregor, as part of the Collaborative Unit of their MA courses at London College of Fashion.

Museum number: KL-2020-029


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