National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Corset Corset
Rendered by Rex F. Bush (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 51.2 x 38 cm (20 3/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.1223
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 8 of 26

The effect of the loosely structured neoclassical style depended upon a foundation garment that pushed the bosom upward. The corset pictured here is made of heavy cotton sateen. The use of straps indicates it was made in the early part of the nineteenth century, about 1815, since straps were no longer used on corsets after the 1840s.

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