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Black Corselet, 1940s - 1950s

Corselets are a combination of bra and corset. The corselet came about in around 1914 as women did not want to wear both a corset and a bra. This is a later example from the 1940s or 1950s when they ...

Britannia's Address to her Fair Daughters - a radical call to women from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Love of country is not sexual; in every age, in every country, it has warmed and animated the female breast... In the early 19th century, women were among the most forward-thinking political activists ...

Children’s Chemise, c.1850-1900

The chemise was a form of underwear. This chemise was designed to be worn by a girl when she was old enough to wear children’s clothes instead of long baby dresses. The frill at the bottom was designed ...

Combinations, c.1870-1900

Combinations are chemise and drawers together in one seamless article of clothing. During the 1870’s the fashion was for the silhouette to be tight, so combinations were invented to reduced the amount ...

Combinations, c.1870-1900

Combinations are chemise and drawers together in one seamless article of clothing. During the 1870’s the fashion was for the silhouette to be tight, so unnecessary bulk was discarded. Combinations ...

Drying Yard, Stafford Laundry,

Stafford Laundry was founded in 1899 on North Street (now Stone Road). The laundry closed in 1986 and the buildings were demolished.

Edwardian Pink Petticoat

The petticoat had a dual role as underwear and a structural garment, as it helped to shape the dress and mirrored the cut of the skirt. It also protected the dress from sweat and provided the wearer ...

Excelsior Pink Bullet Bra, c.1950

The bullet bra was first invented in the 1930’s but did not become popular until the 1940’s after ‘sweater girls’ pin up girls and celebrities started to wear them. This bra still has the original ...

Full Slip

Slips were first invented to produce a more flattering silhouette, as it was meant to prevent the display of underwear and to prevent the outline of the legs showing through clothes in bright lighting. ...

Japanese Obi

Obi’s were originally used to hold the kimono closed and started off as a simple ribbon. Though during the seventeenth century obi’s particularly women’s started to increase in size, this new size ...

King George V and Queen Mary at Highfield Hall, Leek

The King is seen talking to Faulkner Nicholson, the son of Sir Arthur. The royal couple were entertained at the home of the Sir Arthur and Lady Nicholson during a visit to Leek. The King had a keen interest ...

Pair of women's stockings

A pair of red machine knitted stockings with black embroidery over foot and up ankle. Belonged to the Griffin family of Preston Vale Farm, near Penkridge.

Strodex corset, c.1950

This is a 1950s foundation garment and was made by the 'made to measure' corsetiere company Strodex in the 1950s.

Trophy Presentation at Leek Agricultural Show, Birchall, Leek

Victorian Girls Drawers

These would have been worn by an older Victorian Girl.

Victorian White Nightgown

Victorian nightdresses were always white with high necklines and long-sleeved demonstrating the modesty and purity of the wearer. Tucks and embroidery, such as broderie anglaise and feather stitching ...

Victorian White Chemise

The chemise was one of the first undergarments a Victorian woman wore, as it protected the skin from the corset and vice versa, as it was much easier to launder than a corset and cheaper. We believe ...

Victorian White Nightdress

Victorian nightdresses were always white with high necklines and long-sleeved demonstrating the modesty and purity of the wearer. Tucks and embroidery, such as broderie anglaise and feather stitching ...

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