Rigby & Peller was founded in 1939 by Gita Peller, a Jewish refugee and corsetière who fled Hungary in the early 1930's, and Bertha Rigby, who gave Gita Peller a home when she initially arrived in Britain in 1936.

 

        

What a lovely corset, or is it a girdle? By my definition, it is a laced girdle, but whatever, it is a beautiful foundation. The little rosebuds at the top of the front suspenders say it all.

This is a laced-entry garment. No zips or hooks and eyes here. One unlaces to the fullest extent, pulls over the hips and then laces up (tight presumably). The matching brassiere is attached to the girdle by the buttons at the back. I wonder at how many diplomatic balls this girdle was worn?