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Title: Camisole
Identifier: X964.100.126
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1890-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: White camisole for ladies. Front opening fastened by 4 white buttons with wide crocheted lace across top and shoulders, threaded with yellow silk ribbon to tie in front. Lace has scalloped edge. Flared shape below waistline, 4 darks in front with 1 seam and 2 darts in back.

A camisole is a woman's undergarment which covers the top part of the body. It is sleeveless and tight fitting in contrast to a loose-fitting chemise. Camisole is sometimes worn cropped allowing midriff exposure, but often covers the entire torso. Camisoles are manufactured from satin or silk, or stretch materials such as lycra, nylon, or spandex, though cotton based materials are more common. _

Camisoles were developed during the Victorian era as the solution to the bulkyness of the chemise. The camisole was light and short. Woman soon discovered that they could effectively hide their corsets without also adding weight. Camisoles hid the corset well and also kept the illusion of being "thin." _
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