1880 Pale Blue Back Lacing Corset. By Worcester Corset Company, American. Cotton, metal and bone. Marking: Impressed on clasps: “WCC”
Metropolitan Museum Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of E. A. Meister, 1950. Accession Number:2009.300.3110a, b
The Worcester corset company was first known as The Worcester Skirt Company and was founded in 1861 in Worcester, Massachusetts, by David Hale Fanning to make foundations for hoop skirts. By 1872, women’s silhouettes went from hoop skirts to shaped torsos and hips. Fanning became president of the new Worcester Corset company, which went public in 1888. In 1901, it became the Royal Worcester Corset Co.
In 1950, E.A. Meister, then president of the Royal Worcester Corset Co., donated a collection of 171 corsets to the Brooklyn Museum in the memory of Isidor Roth, his father-in-law and former president of the company, who had assembled the collection.1880 Pale Blue Cotton Back Lacing Corset, American. #Victorian #History #Corset Click To Tweet