By Mariam Sitchinava
This silk, cotton, metal, and bone corset received the bronze medal at the Centennial Exposition in 1876. Undergarments during the period often represented a woman's social status with as much devotion as her outerwear. The oak leaves and wheat ears embroidered on this corset symbolize wellbeing and prosperity. (from the Costume Institute collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Lace... So pretty!