Date: c. 1950s
Origin: United States
This suspender belt is formed by 4 triangle shaped panels, overlapping one another to curve around the waist line. A satin binding encases the waist line, and the bottom of each triangle ‘point’ leads to an elastic suspender strap. The body of the garment is made of a beige nylon tulle overlaid with a black nylon lace. A small piece of elastic at the centre back offers some fit flexibility and leads to a hook and eye fastening.
New York company Treo was founded in 1905 and closed in 1966. According to Jane Farrell-Beck and Colleen Gau, in their book Uplift: The Bra in America, the Treo paraknit brassiere “was alleged to have superior elasticity, presumably obtained by combining Para rubber with other fibers. As early as 1919, Treo was sold by brand name in the Sears, Roebuck calalog.”
From the collection of Karolina Laskowska