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The Dictionary of Fashion History

Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

Table of contents

  • Stomacher


Dictionary entry

Page: 195


Period: Late 15th and early 16th century.

A chest-piece, often very ornamental, covering a V- or U-shaped gap of a doublet cut low in front.


Period: Late 16th century to 1770s.

A long, ornate panel forming the front of an open, low-necked bodice. The stomacher descended to a sharp or rounded point at the waist and the upper horizontal border formed the limit of the décolletage. For “high stomacher” and “low stomacher”, see stomacher-front dress.