An ornamental covering for the breast, worn originally both by men and women. Those worn by women were often richly decorated.
panel of trimmed or jewelled stuff in triangular form, superimposed on bodice front.
ornamental covering for the chest (often covered with jewels), worn by women under bodice lacing
A separate front panel of rich decorative fabric which ended in a point at the waist and was worn on top of the bodice.
garment consisting of a V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach in the 16th century
a rigid, vertical stomach board, worn for a similar purpose as a corset
trimmed or jeweled panel in shape of inverted triangle, superimposed on front of bodice.
Boned triangular piece often highly decorated that was pinned to the sides of the bodice of the gown.
A stomacher is a decorated triangular panel that fills in the front opening of a woman's gown or bodice. The stomacher may be boned, as part of a corset, or may cover the triangular front of a corset. If simply decorative, the stomacher lay over the triangular front panel of the stays, and was either stitched or pinned into place, or was held in place by the lacings of the bodice of the gown.