I recently acquired a collection of Galanos for RARE vintage from a lovely and interesting woman and amidst the pieces that she had saved were garter stays. Garter stays have gone the way of gloves and button jars but thanks to a new exhibit at the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris, you will have a chance to see what use to lie underneath and more recently began to be underneath no more...
Double pocket panier, 1775-1780
Which would have given shape to this dress:
Robe de court, 1760
and you thought wicker was just for chairs:
Woven rattan bustle, 1880
and would have given shape to a dress like this:
Wedding trousseau ensemble, 1881
From this in 1887:
A strapontin bustle, 1887
to this in 2008:
The bride, Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2008
and in case you suffered from chicken legs:
Calf pads, 1850-1890
and speaking of padding, this is a dress I would LOVE to find for RARE vintage so if anyone out there has one they would like to part with, please phone 212.581.7273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Commes des Garcons Bump dress Spring/Summer 1997
from this in 1954:
to this in 2007:
Dolce and Gabbana Spring/Summer 2007
The show gives new meaning to just 'picture them in their underwear'! Hope you can make it to Paris!
La Mécanique des Dessous at the Musé des Arts Decoratifs in Paris until November 24.
Photos from French Vogue