Elastic Garters With Feathers, Pearls & Gilt Clips

Elastic Garters With Feathers, Pearls & Gilt Clips, c. 1910s, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 1910s

Origin: Great Britain

Fabric: Elastic

Brand: Unknown

 

A pair of garters made from strips of elastic with elaborate stamped metal closures, embellished with silk chenille, glass pearls and feathers.

Early elastics had a relatively finite lifespan and were made from cores of latex encased in textile fibres. There was relatively little stretch to them compared to modern elastic, so the fastenings on these garters would have been a necessity to get them on and off the body.

Garters were commonly worn to keep stockings up just above the knee until the popularisation of suspenders, whether attached to corsets or a belt. Until the invention of elastic, garters were tied onto the body with ribbon. Elastication allowed for a more comfortable and flexible fit.

 

From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2018-68

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