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  lace undergarment c. 1903



Undergarments such as this white lace combination bodice and drawers were worn by women and girls under a corset throughout the late 1890's and into the early twentieth century.

This particular undergarment has very delicate cut-work lace, ribbon inserted along the straps and top of the bodice, and is sewn together with beautiful elegance. The front buttons up the middle to cover the bust, while the back rises a little higher and is lined with a very fine cotton fabric. The drawers have a fitted yoke, open inseams, and gathered bloomers.

-Chelsea Perri


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This webpage was made possible with the support of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the CSUS Media Center.

The website and costume research were created by Dr. Mary Botkin and the students of FACS 199;Courtney Haueter, Chelsea Perri, Joy Sun, and Rachel Young.

The costumes belong to the Costume Collection of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Costume photographs by Sam Parsons of the CSUS Media Center.