'Nu-Back' Girdle By Liberty

'Nu-Back' Girdle By Liberty, c. 1950s, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 1950s

Origin: Great Britain

Fabric: Cotton and nylon

Brand: Liberty


A longline girdle in nylon satin, cotton twill and knitted elastic panelling. There are 6 elasticated suspender straps, and the garment fastens at the side seam with a row of hooks and eyes. There is evidence of a home repair at the bottom of the fastening, with a contrast pink machine thread replacing the original unravelled stitching. The garment is structured with steel bones, with additional re-enforcement over the abdominal and centre back areas.

Liberty was a registered trademark of R & W H Symington & Company and NuBack was a feature introduced by Symington in 1932, under licence from the USA. It was the name given to the additional ‘floating’ panel which was used on closed back corset styles to eliminate the problem of the back of the garment ‘riding up’ during wear. The NuBack was mostly out of production by the 1960s, although some older styles were still manufactured with this feature as late as 1979.  The patent for this version was filed in 1953.


From the collection of The Underpinnings Museum

Museum number: UM-2017-052


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