Monday, May 11, 2009

Corsets and Swimwear

This is the website of the Symington collection of corsetry, foundation and swimwear, hosted by Leicestershire County Council. W.H. Symington made corsets for fashionable Victorian ladies in the 1850s. One of its most famous products was the Liberty Bodice which was produced for almost seventy years. This website provides information on the collection which was presented to Leicestershire County Council's Museums Service in 1980. The collection contains pieces produced by the Symington company as well as competitor pieces ranging from corsets, bras, foundationwear and children's garments. The period covered is from the late 19th century through to the beginning of the 1990s. Clicking on an image will provide further details about the garment as well as close ups of fastenings, embroidery and even the maker's mark. The website also contains a glossary of terms.
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