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14th Century Cloth Hosen

Plaid Cotehardie and hosenA utilitarian but essential part of the Medieval wardrobe, researched and recreated on a modern body.

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16th-17th c Hosen & Stockings

A well shaped legThe history and construction of lower hose: netherstocks, stockings, and boot-hose. Then we'll drape, pattern and sew our own with a combination of machine and handstitching.

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18th Century Stays

icon-smSégolène studies a set of stays that are a rare surviving example of mid-18th century functional, working class undergarments.

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Regency Era Corset Elastique

Corset Elastique, redrawing of 1803 fashion plate from Le Corset (1905) by Doctor Ludovic O’FollowellThe Corset Elastique, or Elastic Stay, is an interesting oddity in the little-known world of Regency era corsets. Amanda investigates.

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Late 18th Century Skirt Supports

Marie Antoinette, 1780Dresses of the 1770s-80s were worn over a “bum” or “rump,” but there is little extant evidence as to what shape and proportion these rumps took.

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1812 Undergarments

1803, Louis Leopold Boiley, Passer PayezIn the Napoleonic period, what was once taboo came out from hiding, along with the natural female form. Suddenly, it became necessary to keep the world from glimpsing too much.

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Two 1910's Brassieres

Two 1910's BrassieresHow did Edwardian women support their busts with such low cut corsets? Jen shares the details and patterns of two 1910's brassieres in her collection.

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Getting That Bustle Bump

Getting that bustle bumpA study of three padded bustles in the Kentucky Historical Society Collection, showing how thrifty women stayed fashionable on a budget.

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Edwardian and 1910’s Brassieres

Edwardian and 1910’s BrassieresWhen corsets dipped below the bust in the early 1900s, what did women use to support the bust? How did bras develop into a must-have garment?

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Winterthur Museum Library

1904 CorsetTrying to date a particular corset, track changes in lingerie fashion down to a few years, or just looking for new inspiration? Plenty here to keep you busy...

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Open Drawers 1850s - 1860s

open-drawers-iconAn open pair of cotton drawers in the style of the 1840's  (but dated late 1850s to 1860s), with delicate whitework embroidery, sewn on a chain stitch machine.

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Underwear in the Natural Form Era, pt. 2

Berthe Morisot Psyche icon-smThis month we look at what to wear over the corset and under the dress, as well as appropriate fabrics and embroidery.

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