Once Upon a Time – Waist Management
Today Judy, Rochelle and I went on a road trip to see an exhibit called Waist Management – a history of unmentionables showing at the Peel Region Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in Brampton.
We paid the admission fee of $3.50 (I am a senior now I guess!) and moved into the exhibit rooms.The exhibit itself was housed in two rooms and a hallway, but despite its small size, was very impressive from a quality point of view. Most of the things were Canadian and almost all of the garments, I wrote about in the Bra-makers Manual in the History of the Bra chapter. It was extremely self-satisfying to see the things I wrote about in the flesh, so to speak.
Here are some bust pads from the 1890s. They were stuffed with horsehair! Can you imagine how itchy that would have been, or what it would smell like if it (God forbid!) got wet? There are also falsies from the 1960s, which I remember well from my days of custom sewing for others.