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Rare jumps from the Regency fashion period, ca. 1780-1790. Jumps were softer then stays, significantly less boned (and sometimes completely unboned), bodices or soft stays which still provided some bust support, but did not shape the body into such a ‘elegant’ cone shape. They closed up the front, and thus were easier for a lady to put on and take off by herself. Originally used for informal wear at the start to the of the 18th century, they were worn throughout the century as a more comfortable alternative to stays, and became more popular at the end of the century with the change in fashion from the elaborate 18th century styles to the softer neoclassical styles. As the fashions changed and the popularity of jumps rose, other forms of soft undergarments also evolved. Among these was the corset.
This jumps are made of a blue brocade silk. Front closure. Unboned. Very good condition. A few little cracks in the brocade silk. One button is missing (on one sleeve).