Waist Management: A History of Unmentionables

The Fashion History Museum has a newly opened exhibition at the  Peel Art Gallery Museum in Brampton, Ontario,  Waist Management  It’s all about how undergarments have been used to help women achieve a fashionable silhouette, something that is apparent in just one photo from the display.

A while back I wrote about selling items from my collection and how I’d do it only if I were convinced that the person wanting an item wanted it more than I.  The truth is I’ve also been known to actually give things away if I know someone needs it.

Back in the very early days of Ebay I was smart enough (actually that would be lucky enough) to buy a bit of the lingerie line that Emilio Pucci designed for Formfit Rogers.  At the time it was considered to be a poor alternative to the wonderful silk jersey vintage Puccis that were already getting nice ending prices on the auction site, but the lingerie was cheap and so I bought a few miscellaneous pieces.

After the onslaught of fast fashion made of tissue paper thin poly, the thin nylon Formfit Puccis soared in price.  They were seen not only as wearable clothing, but gained deserved respect as a part of fashion history.

Several months ago I was mindlessly browsing the site I love to hate, Pinterest, and noticed that the Fashion History Museum had begun posting parts of the collection.  In their lingerie section was a Pucci Formfit Rogers matching bra and girdle.  I was pretty sure I had a matching piece, and a quick look through my catalog revealed that I did have a matching robe.

I emailed Jonathan at the museum to ask if he would like to have my piece for the museum’s collection, and of course he did.  I sent it off along with another donation and an ad that showed that this design dates to 1969.

I was delighted to get the photo in my inbox last night.  Knowing that something I had accumulated is now being used to educate others about fashion history is a great feeling.

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12 responses to “Waist Management: A History of Unmentionables

  1. And I am VERY grateful you saw the Fashion History Museum would indeed be interested! Thanks again Lizzie!
    Jonathan

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  2. What a lovely story!

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  3. rockyspace

    Lizzie, you might be setting a trend here… one day I just might donate my winter and summer versions of the 1905 patented Kobo protobrassiere to said museum.

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  4. Lizzie – that is wonderful that you were able to use your collection to add to the knowledge base for a wider audience! That is good karma right there.

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  5. This proves that once a teacher, always a teacher! How generous you are, Lizzie! And what a great home for your piece.

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  6. That is so cool, Lizzie!!! That’s got to feel good. I wish I could see the exhibit in person.

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