1790 Short Diaphragm-Length Pair of Stays, or Corset. Cotton with silk embroidery, boning, and lined with linen, possibly made in France or England.
A short length pair of stays, or corset, with pointed tabs spreading on the hips. White cotton, boned, lined with white linen and stitched with black thread. Bones held in with back stitch, but gathered breast gussets edged with embroidered silk specks (originally pale blue) and there are scalloped bands under the arm. Central bone accented with white silk ribbon lacing (decorative). Padded and stiffened tabs attached to back edges of back-lacing in back, probably to act as a bustle or dress support.
In the late 1700s, or Georgian Era, stays became lighter and with less stiffening. These years saw a transition between styles and in France the term corset was used as a refined name for stays. Where previously stay-makers were generally men, women were then able to make them and by the 1780s there was an increase in the number of women running stay and corset making businesses.
In June 24th of 1795, The Times newspaper said that: ‘corsettes about six inches long…are now the only defensive paraphernalia of our fashionable belle‘. By the turn of the century, stay-makers moved from shorter corsets to long corded corsets suitable to be worn under new gowns that had classical and flowing lines.
Museum Number T.237-1983. via Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. collections.vam.ac.uk.1790 Short Back Lacing Stays, or Corset. #Georgian #History #Corset Click To Tweet