Style Shot: The Corset
There are few garments as timeless and sexy as the corset.
They have been a fashion must-have since the 16th century and show no sign of ever becoming outdated.
Arguably the most flattering item of clothing ever invented, albeit one of the most uncomfortable, they have cemented themselves in fashion history, with their most popular peak being the Victorian era.
Specific styles of corsets have shifted throughout the ages. Early corsets were made with whalebone and were often dangerous long term, as they caused the ribs to become molded to their shape, which caused a number of health problems, most serious being damage to the internal organs and severe malnutrition.
Regardless of shifts in fashion, the corset’s aim was to create the hourglass effect, accentuate the breasts and to impose rim-rod posture.
During the early 20th Century, traditional corsets had evolved into a more comfortable, safe and practical item and became better known as girdles. Now an undergarment, it was continually being tailored to suit the needs of the growing number of working women.
They had somewhat become extinct throughout the latter decades of the 20th Century but became very much revived in the 1990s with the growing popularity of fetishism, which was almost becoming a mainstream activity for young, alternative individuals.
As for the here and now, corsets are a paradigm of glamor and sexuality and feature heavily in the fashion industry as a part of evening gowns and party-wear as well as a popular item for gothic-inspired fashion and of course, lingerie…
Words by Clara Taylor
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