Date: c. 1926
Origin: United States
Fabric: Silk ribbon, leavers lace
These lavish garters incorporate a base of silk ribbon encased elastic with a delicate leavers lace trim, with delicate silk ribbonwork rosettes as a focal point. Curiously, the patent printed on the original packaging of these garters refers to the packaging itself rather than the garments; the special cut of the cardboard backing was a patented method of packaging garters.
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