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Christian Dior’s 1947 “New Look” collection heralded a return to the hourglass silhouette. The bust became a focal point, and its shape was defined by a variety of highly structured bras and corselets. Petticoats were often worn to maintain skirt fullness. This petticoat by Dior was made especially for one of his couture gowns.

A 1951 Christian Dior petticoat (nylon net, taffeta, and horsehair net ) and a 1949 Poirette nylon lace bra exemplify the century feminine form. [Image credit: Fashion Institute of Technology, www.edu/museum.

Bullet Bra: The Indispensable Underwear for the Sweater Girl in the 1940s and 1950s

Bullet Bra is a full-support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid with its axis perpendicular to the breast. The bullet bra usually fe.

1950s strapless overwire bustier with circle stitching by BestofTimesVintage at ETSY

strapless overwire bustier with circle stitching by BestofTimesVintage at ETSY

I adore this. I have a 50's bullet bra in a very similar fabric and cording and it is so sophisticated I find!

Atelier Sylphe corsets- such a pretty corded bust and luscious blush color.

Vintage bra advertisement. Check out that backless number in the bottom right

Fall 1963 Frederick's of Hollywood catalog (considering price in relation to today, buying things in my cup size then would have been more insane than now!

For sale is a Vintage late 1930s Maidenform Peach Satin Variation bra in a size 32.    This bra is Kestos inspired with two elastic straps that

For sale is a Vintage late Maidenform Peach Satin Variation bra in a size This bra is Kestos inspired with two elastic straps that

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