From Medieval times to the invention of elastic and spandex, undergarments were used as the foundation for the fashionable silhouette. The corset was the most important of all women’s underwear; in addition to supporting and molding the figure, it had the advantage of erotic appeal.

We are dedicated to the history of elusive and frivolous unmentionables with special emphasis on corsetry and shaping garments used to create the fashionable sihlouette.

Featuring exhibits of corsets, stays, hoops, bustles, chemises, petticoats, bloomers, bust bodices/enhancers, teddies, knickers, brassieres, falsies, girdles, panties, garters, stockings, slips and lingerie.

Enjoy a sneak peek of corsetiere Melanie Talkington’s collection of antique corsets, now the largest private collection in the world! Her collection is made up of over 300 antique corsets and underpinnings from the 18th century up to 1960.

Visit our museum and boutique!