Green Silk Ribbonwork Bridal Garters

Green silk ribbonwork Bridal garters, c. 1930s, USA Photography by Tigz Rice Studios. From The Underpinnings Museum collection.

Date: c. 1930s

Origin: United States

Fabric: Silk

Brand: Custom made



A pair of bridal garters with a base of pale green silk georgette and pale green silk ribbon, machine stitched into a channel for elastic. Embellished with pale blue ruffled silk ribbon trim, silk georgette rosettes and striped ribbon leaves. The garters were found with a posy of wax flowers and a note indicating that they had been passed onto multiple brides.

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-2017-038


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