“The Corset “is
my object which is summer wear ribbon corset selected from Victoria and Albert museum.
Place of origin
ribbons, boning, metal fastenings
Given by Mrs
40, case CA6
corset” made from strips of cream silk satin ribbon connecting boning and
lacings, metal fastenings.
Circumference: 48 cm waist, Circumference:
59 cm hip, Height: 28 cm front, Height: 19 cm back
were recommended for slender women for summer. This one was worn by a woman
from a merchant family living in Brazil: Fanny Harvey Fleetwood Raper.
While the upper
edge of the corset lies under the bust, allowing more freedom of movement, the
bones in the sides constrict the waist and those in the back reinforce an
Fashion; Clothing; European Fashion Project
Textiles and Fashion Collection
most of the womenswear like Gowns, Evening dresses/ party wear dresses, Wedding
dresses incorporates a Corset in it.
is an undergarment that is worn to give a slim and a curvy figure to the body
by reducing the waist and exaggerating the bust and the hips. It is an undergarment worn to hold
and train the torso into a
The corset gives a sense of sensuality and a glamorous look
which enhances the figure of a woman and helps to give an hourglass figure.
and European women in mid sixteenth century were the pioneers of the evolution
of the corset, wore it as a garment and
gradually incorporated the use of a “busk,”
long flat piece of whalebone or wood sewn into a casting on the corset to
maintain its stiff
It was usually steel boned hard body and has metal eyelets which may rust, so
kept away from the skin.
The corsets in 1840s were cut from separate pieces stitched
together to give roundness to the bust and shape over the hips. A broad busk
was inserted up the centre front of the corset to give a smooth line to the
bodice of the dress. Strips of whalebone were also inserted up the back and sometimes
down the side and front, to give more structure. Corsets also had to be rigid
to conceal the layers of underwear, including chemise, drawers and petticoat,
which were worn underneath.
was a corset which was used in the form of the waist clincher in the late 1940s-early
1950s.The waist clincher was restricted to haute couture, and most women
continued to use girdles. “Dior “and “New Look” used this to give the hourglass
In late 1980s, the corset was being used as an item of outerwear rather than underwear. This was evident in Autumn
2001 fashion collections and the film Moulin Rouge! Steampunk culture
utilized late-Victorian fashion shapes in different ways that showed a new
trend in the corset. Since its evolution corset has a lead from innerwear to
outwear i.e. from underwear to Busters and from lingerie to Armor.
Types of Corsets
Under bust Corsets: Begin right under the breasts and end
at the beginning of your lap.
Over bust Corsets: Begin just under your arms and end
above the hips.
Garters to uphold the stockings or a
separate belt may also be incorporated into a corset.
Advantages of a corset
Corsets make the waist look thin while oversizing the hips
It helps to temporarily achieve the attire and a body shape
for which we spent hours in the gym and to attain it people do immense workout.
Corsets also reduce appetite by exerting abdominal pressure
and losing body fat.
It also gives support for those having lower back problems and
gives support to the weak, injured back.
Helps us to develop a good posture.’
Corsets are also worn out in sexual fetishism in BDMS
Disadvantages of Corset
Wearing corsets for prolonged time is a serious health
hazards like discomfort in breathing.
Corsets is also responsible for many female problems of
Victorian era like fainting, fits, to miscarriage.
Wearing extreme tight corsets have resulted in organ
deformation like stomach and liver deformation.
Nowadays corsets are designed and made of cotton,
lawn, silk so they beneficial even if they are worn close to the skin. Corset
are made of fabric, metallic, ivory, cane and wood.
Corset is an object which is worn by high end, wealthy and
rich class of people as most of the Gowns, Dresses, wedding gowns by any
Designer incorporates a corset in it to give a good fitting and comfort.
Corsets helps one to improves the carriage and gives an
equilibrium, confidence, high esteem. It provides elegance glamour style to the
person who wears a corset. It depicts
the sense of fashion awareness, Status, style quotient and taste of the person
wearing the corset.
The exhibition called
“Underdress”- A Brief History Of Underwear’s
was held from 16 April 2016-12 March 2017 at the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London which featured the underwear and the cotton pants worn by Queen Victoria’s mother and even David Beckham” H&M Briefs ” as well as the
underwear’s worn by the selected men and women from 1700s.This exhibition
educated the visitors about the practicality of the underwear and its role in
fashion in past as well as present. The
exhibition was curated by Edwina Ehrman of the V&A’s textiles department.
Till date no other fashion garment has sensed such
social, cultural and sexual significance as “The Corset”.