1885 Striped Cotton, Metal and Bone Corset, American. Manufacturer: Worcester Corset Company (American, 1872–1901)
The shape of the corset has changed slightly, following the silhouette of the period. This specific corset appears to be designed for casual and/or active wear due to the choice of fabric. Stretch jersey allows the wearer to move and the locked clasps ensure that the corset will not come undone during activity. Extremely simplistic, the lace trim at top is the only adornment.
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.
via Metropolitan Museum NYC U.S.A. metmuseum.org Credit: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of E.A. Meister, 1950 Accession Number:2009.300.3112a–d1885 Striped Cotton, Metal and Bone Worcester Corset, American. #Victorian #History #Corset Click To Tweet