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2006/82/36 Combinations undergarment, women's, cotton, maker unknown, England, 1875-1900. Click to enlarge.

Combinations undergarment, England

Made in England, 1875-1900.

The history of the stocking highlights the early significant advancements that were made, not only in the area of manufacturing technology but in textile design. The developments and innovations made over time in technology and textile design of the ‘humble’ stocking have had far-reaching applications into many other areas. For instance, replacing silk with nylon as parachute material during World War 2. This collection charts the innovations in textile design from the use of natural to syntheti...


Object No.


Object Statement

Combinations undergarment, women's, cotton, maker unknown, England, 1875-1900

Physical Description

Combinations undergarment, women's, cotton, maker unknown, England, 1875-1900

Women's white cotton combinations, (drawers and chemise in one garment) with square neckline and open cutwork decoration around the neckline, shoulders and legs.


Donor's tag - "Name: B36"



53 mm



England 1875-1900



The collection was put together by Mrs Nanona Beecher-Moore between 1978 and 1985. Mrs Beecher-Moore was interested in building up a collection that demonstrated the social and textile history of the development of stockings. She recognised the fact that stockings were not being collected or appreciated, particularly those of the 20th century. Mrs Beecher-Moore travelled regularly with her work as a psychotherapist, and with her husband, and looked at stockings in museums all around the world, buying whenever she could. She developed a special interest in nylons, after researching the area of 19th century pornographic literature and advertisements, and was guided in her collecting by her friend, Ms Valerie Mendes of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Naona Beecher-Moore in honour of KC and Tomy Berkeley, 2006

Acquisition Date

13 June 2006

Cite this Object


Combinations undergarment, England 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 August 2019, <>


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