Monogrammed Cotton Lawn Chemise With Insertion Lace & Ribbon Slot Trim

Monogrammed Cotton Lawn Chemise With Insertion Lace & Ribbonslot Trim, c. 1910s, Austria. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: c. 1910s

Origin: Austria

Fabric: Cotton lawn, insertion lace

Brand: Custom made


A chemise in fine cotton lawn with a form fitting cut through the bust to hips. It is embellished with profuse Valenciennes insertion lace appliqué. Machine stitched whitework embroidery trims the neckline and hip, forming channels for silk ribbon to slot through.  The garment fastens at the centre front with a row of hand worked buttons beneath a placket. The name ‘Mimi’ is embroidered to the left waist. This garment would have been worn directly against the skin, with a corset most likely worn on top.


Kindly donated to The Underpinnings Museum by Liz Denocte

Museum number: UM-2020-001


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