item 1 - The Mainbocher-Warner Corset, 1939-1940

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US NNFIT SC.396.1.1


The Mainbocher-Warner Corset, 1939-1940


  • 1939-1940 (Creation)

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57 leaves (114 pages), 3 folders

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Volume 1 contains coverage of Mainbocher's back-to corsets movement and the new long torso silhouette he created in undergarments during his collaboration with Warner. It also contains extensive coverage of his famous "Rules for Chic" 12-point plan and his first trip back to his native Chicago. Included are Mainbocher-Warner PR materials, a New Yorker profile, and ads taken from the New Yorker, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Folders contain a periodicals list, a brief note from an unidentified woman to the designer and an issue of Look magazine with an article on Mainbocher's business from January 18, 1938.

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Volume 1 was previously titled "Lingerie." Folder 2 of 3 contains a handwritten note to the designer that was previously glued to the program on page 96.

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