Chart, Berlei Figure Type Indicator, metal/plastic/cardboard/string, Berlei Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940s - 1950s
Australian version of the Berlei Figure Type Indicator produced during the 1940s or 1950s. It is predominantly constructed in metal which has been painted pink with black text that reads, "Berlei/Figure Type Indicator". The chart was designed to be hung on a wall of a corsetiere. It enabled a fitter to determine the client's precise bust, waist and hip measurements so that she could be fitted with a foundation garment. The chart featured a moveable disc for indicating bust measurement and a moveable pointer for waist measurement. Hip measurement sizes were printed on the border surrounding the moveable disc.
The five Berlei figure types on the moveable disc are colour coded: pink (Hip), bright green (Sway Back) , red (Average), yellow (Abdomen) and light green (Short Below Waist)".