A stomacher is a large triangular bodice ornament that extents from about breast level to the waist. It was sewn onto the dress and the use came into fashion during the renaissance. Although an embroidery art by origin, the more pecunious examples were decorated with diamonds, pearls and other gemstones embedded in precious metals. During the 18th century the fashion for stomachers died out although there was a brief revival of the fashion during the Victorian era.