This late eighteenth century corselet is a bit of a puzzle. Structurally, it's akin to a corset, complete with boning throughout. Despite its similarity to a corset, the surface embellishment, including small metal disks, metallic galoon lace and two vertical rows of ornate metal hooks, certainly doesn't lend itself to being worn as an undergarment. Given its dimensional surface embellishment, this corselet was definitely worn over another garment. But in what context? Was it fashionable dress, fancy dress or an example of regional dress? Given that underwear as outerwear wasn't a part of late eighteenth century or early nineteenth century fashionable dress, it is either an example of regional dress or part of a fancy dress costume.