Underwear: The Fashion History by Alison Carter (New York: Drama, 1992)
Few things capture people's attention like a corset... even if it's empty.
I certainly wouldn't have captured anyone's attention with this bare wall, but what follows is a plan to make it a little more exciting.
I intend to draw a clothes line were victorian undergarments are pinned along it - my reference books and inspiration for this project.
You may remember this photograph from a past Valentine's post. There's nothing like an actual photograph for accuracy.
On my clothes line will hang a Victorian bra. The ad above shows what is probably the first sports bra. Described as perfect for the ladies who practice tennis and horseback riding, ideal to wear under light clothing and bathing suits.
Also hanging, a frilly knickerbocker and chemisette.
No room on the line for crinolettes and crinolines...
...but black hosiery, certainly. Do click on the images to enlarge and read the descriptions - priceless.
Sorry, but long-johns just did not make the cut.
Above is a rough sketch of my Victorian clothes line. I added white gloves even if they're not undies, but I bet they were always being laundered.
And drew the Victorian undergarments directly on to the sheet. This will be my reference guide for when I'm ready to paint them on the wall.