Kestos style brassiere

Kestos was a British lingerie label founded by Polish designer Rosaline Kiln. In the late 1920s, she was experimenting with new forms of brassiere. The resulting strappy brassiere was the first use of two triangle cups. The design became so popular that for many years women did not buy a brassiere, they bought 'a Kestos'.

This Berlei version replicates the Kestos wraparound narrow straps. The additional girdle hook would have added extra practicality - adjustable straps.

This photo was taken in Wellington by Gordon Burt. Berlei was one of his many commercial clients.


Photographer: Gordon Burt
Model Unknown
Credit: Image courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, B.026686
Copyright: No Known Copyright Restrictions
Designer: Unknown
Garment type: Brassiere
Material: Silk
Label: Berlei
Date: 1930s