Collection Online
silk, silk (thread, ribbon), gilt-metal (thread, cord, braid), cotton (lining), whalebone
37.0 × 20.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1982
Gallery location
Not on display
Ribbed ivory silk stomacher embroidered with trailing flower and stem motif, bound in yellow silk grosgrain and finished with fine metallic braids and cord.

A stomacher is a decorative V-shaped panel that fastens the open centre-front of a woman’s bodice. This Stomacher is lined with whalebone to hold the panel rigid. In its upper third, a dynamic design retains the symmetry typical of the period, with meandering stems and blooms accented by metallic thread cascading below. The decorative crisscross gold cord lacing served the function of providing anchorage for the ends of a lady’s kerchief, which she might tuck seductively into her bodice.

—text from Exquisite Threads (Apr 2015)