“The stiff shape. It was steel boned hard

“The Corset “is
my object which is “Ribbon corset” which I selected
from Victoria and Albert museum.

Place of origin:
England

Date: ca. 1895

Artist/Maker: Unknown

Materials and
Techniques: Silk
satin ribbons, boning, metal fastenings

Credit Line: Given by Mrs
Rapper

Museum number:T.18-1958

Gallery
location: Fashion,
Room 40, case CA6

       Dimensions:Circumference: 48 cm waist, 59 cm
hip, Height: 28 cm front, Height: 19 cm back

       Categories: Underwear; Fashion; Clothing;
European Fashion Project

   
   

Ribbon
corsets were recommended for slim women for summer. This one was worn by a
woman from a merchant family living in Brazil: Fanny Harvey Fleetwood Rapper.

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 upright posture.

 

 Corset
is incorporated usually in womenswear like Gowns, Evening dresses/
party wear dresses, Wedding dresses

Corset
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 desired
shape.

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.

 

British
and European women were the pioneers of the evolution of the corset which they wore
as a garment and incorporated the use of a “busk,”

a
long flat piece of whalebone or wood sewn into a casting on the corset to
maintain its stiff

shape.
It was steel boned hard body with metal eyelets, which may rust, so it was

usually
kept away from the skin.

 

In 1840s corsets 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.

“Waspie”
was a corset which was used in the form of the waist clincher in 20th
century.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 figure.

Presently, the corset is being used as an item of outerwear rather than underwear.

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.

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.

    Bustiers

    Flat-front style

    Sweetheart neckline

    Garters:
to uphold the stockings or a separate belt may also be incorporated into a
corset.

Advantages

·      
Corsets make the waist look thin while oversizing the hips
and bust.

·      
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
activities.

·      
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.

Disadvantages

·      
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.

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.

The exhibition called
“Underdress”- A Brief History Of Underwear’s
was held in 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.

Till date no other fashion garment has sensed such
social, cultural and sexual significance as “The Corset”.