Some while back, the 2NHG library acquired copies of Fashioning Fashion; European Dress in Detail 1700-1915. The book, which showcases fashions from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), was a gift from our friends there.
I included one of the dresses in yesterday’s post, whose sleeve Susan had blogged about previously. The book provided inspiration for one of the scenes in Scandal Wears Satin.
The self-fastening corset Sophy has to get into in a hurry at a Portsmouth inn was not a figment of my overheated imagination. I discovered it in this very book. “A new system of crossed ties allowed the wearer to lace her own corset without assistance.” You can view extreme closeups of the corset at the LACMA site, which is what I did, to understand how this as well as other underwear worked.
As you can see, the corset laces up the back, but the strings come round to the front and seem to be woven into the tabs that tie in front.