Everything You Know About Corsets Is False

marquis-decarabas:

The corset has a bad reputation. And unfairly so, according to Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, who says this undergarment of centuries past is not nearly as evil or confining as modern folks have come to believe.

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Corset Cover | Abiti Antichi | 1912

Corset Cover | Abiti Antichi | 1912

Corset Cover | Met | c. 1902

Corset Cover | Met | c. 1902

Bust Bodice | V&A | c. 1905

Bust Bodice | V&A | c. 1905

Elastic Brassiere, 1907

Elastic Brassiere, 1907

Bust bodices ~1890
Ewing: Dress and Undress p86
Bust Bodices | Ewing’s Dress and Undress

Bust bodices ~1890

EwingDress and Undress p86

Bust Bodices | Ewing’s Dress and Undress


Bust Improver (Falsies) | LACMA | c. 1900

Bust improvers, 1880s-90s

Bust improvers, 1880s-90s

"Bra" with strengthening slats of whale | Abiti Antichi | c. 1909

"Bra" with strengthening slats of whale | Abiti Antichi | c. 1909

Bust Improver | V&A | c. 1910

Bust Improver | V&A | c. 1910


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