One note of clarification…the article states…”And they didn’t leave a lot room for pregnant women’s fetus-incubating bellies.” In the mid 19th century, patterns for gestational stays (corsets) were readily available. In truth corsets were first used to hold up the fourteen pounds if clothing women would wear not to tighten the waist. Fixed, thanks!-Eds. The 13-inch waist was carried in a photograph in medical texts as late as the early 1960’s. I personally believe that, as with most scenarios, an amount of practical moderation is the key to achieving success. What would this sentence sound like if bad were used instead? many people do wear ill fitting corsets, often because they have been told they are supposed to be uncomfortable…. If the width of a bone was allowed between adjacent bones, the corset was called "half-bones." Thank you! A corsetier with an M.D., Inès Gaches-Sarraute, came up with the straight-front corset—also known as the “swan-bill,” “S-line,” or “S-bend” corsets—which he believed kept the pressure off a woman’s stomach. Bones grow stronger when they’re under load, and as a corset provides compression but not load, your bones can lose their mineral part becoming frail and possibly causing you a lot of back pain. Is it bad to wear a corset really tightly? This can be very true if laced excessively, I dare say. From the collection of L. Hidic, corsetsandcrinolines.com, via The Antique Corset Gallery. Fetish fantasy literature of the era. Women chose and choose to wear bras and heels and all types of ridiculous, beautiful, and uncomfortable things, but to say that because a few men protested the corset, all women wore them completely voluntarily …that’s disregarding completely the complicated social pressures that prompt or even require that desire in the first place. An early 1910s longline corset made from bow patterned pink brocade. The girls competed to see who could be the smallest–that certainly sounds plausible. I once read an article in an old women’s magazine from around the turn of the century that talked about a new way to dress infants. As was Marfan’s, which often causes people to be accused of eating disorders they don’t actually have due to their naturally slender build. Corsets Help Correct Bad Posture. In today’s money, her ‘bottom drawer’ represented an investment of about US$5,500. With the Edwardian Balls just around the corner, we started ogling gorgeous antique corsets on the Internet, including this 1895 pink-and-black Y&N corset (right). The idea that the uterus cause ‘female troubles’ by roaming about the body was carried in Grey’s Anatomy as late as 1939. We often get asked many questions about the health an safety of corsets when people come to see us in our shop. Today a tight skirt and stillettos still sends the message “I don’t have to walk far or carry much”. Most people would reduce _by_ a couple of inches. Because the steel boning is necessary for the “cinching” of the waist and shaping of your figure. It helps asthmatic patients, moreover, it helps in prevention of hernias, prevention of injuries during accidents or other activities. Posted by u/[deleted] 2 years ago. Direct comparison of clothing sizes is not really possible. In their quest to be shocking, punks started wearing old-fashioned lingerie as outerwear. But that has nothing to do with weight-bearing operations, unless one became so incredibly weak as to not be able to stand. However, I need to comment on #2. 2011-02-05 22:30:01 2011-02-05 22:30:01 . Archived. Just a note, Dr. Ines was a WOMAN, one of the first European female MDs ever. Debunking myths about women and body image is always a pleasure to read! Why? Then, we asked Steele, the author of The Corset: A Cultural History, to set the record straight about this much-maligned piece of fashion history. period. 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. “Especially women hating corsets and perceiving it as a form of oppression. I’ve worn corsets myself, and I’m really glad I’m not expected to wear one every day. Many of those tiny corsets were actually mannequin models for shop windows (beautify made, never worn leads to easy preservation), and you know how accurate mannequins are in store windows. I remember the “Merry Widow” in the fifties. Apparently, up until that time infant’s clothing, at least around the torso, was made extremely tight-fitting because the thought was that babies were so fragile that if they were not bound up tightly in their clothing they would grow in some deformed way. Corsets were bad because young woman and girls would wear them too tight. Bianca Lyons in typical Edwardian dress, circa 1902. The smaller the waist the better looking. Interesting article. There should be a medical point of view. But I can think of no reason to condemn it either. His new punishment corset extends from neck to knees. Steele says women wore corsets quite on their own volition. Where did these tales of ladies of the court and their obscenely tiny 13-inch waists come from? Wow, this is quite an interesting article and the comments are as interesting ! But now women get on a StairMaster or get plastic surgery instead of putting on a corset.”. The young man laid out the corset full length on the table and started to undo the back lacings. “There is one thing that bothers me recently, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to make a video on it as it may be perceived as controversial – and it’s implementing modern mindsets in period dramas,” renowned costume blogger Karolina Zebrowska told The Costume Rag in a recent interview. My corsets are 22 inches measured around the outside of the corset. corsets of the old design- whalebone corsets- were so constrictive that they really did cause severe organ damage. Corset wearing started at the age of ten for girls in the Victorian Era. When doctors did autopsies, they would see these weird-looking livers and they’d go, ‘That was caused by the corset.'”. She couldn’t stand to sleep in one, as her sister Mary did (Mary was considered extra-virtuous for this). Makes it just a little hard to take any broad pronouncements about underwear too seriously. Corsets help in reducing the intensity of migraines or headaches. Author Steele credibly dispels the myths surrounding corsets and health, but I would have appreciated some attribution to the doctors’ autopsy remarks about corsets and livers, particularly because it was in quotes. The pectoral muscles also become weak after extensive tightlacing. The corset has a bad reputation. Quite the opposite! A hand-made cone-shaped stay corset from circa 1786. Waist training before and after picture results. if it is uncomfortable it does not fit! John, this article is a skim off the top of Steele’s book Corsets: A Cultural History, which delves deeper into autopsy reports and medical mosunderstanding with full bibliography. It’s been said that they misshape internal organs and cause cancer. As a bioarchaeologist, I can say that corsets cause deformation of the spine and ribs. They therefore cannot be taken as evidence of a widespread practice of tightlacing. corsets can also cut into your skin. There is a huge difference the between body modification through tight lacing you mention and lacing in to take 2 inches off your waist measurement. We can’t judge this garment with our modern opinions. They did force organs to shift around, cause indigestion and constipation, and eventually weakened back muscles. Often, when you read old interviews, actresses will say, ‘I don’t need to wear a corset,’ but you look at their photograph and you go, ‘Babe, you are so wearing a corset.'”. Plus ,the reference texts and corsets we can admire from different periods were from wealthy women, and in general they would have a slimmer type of body because of a smaller muscular mass, and by consequent, smaller bone mass as well, since they did not have to work .then again,according to the period, the country, the social ranks, and all other sorts of reasons . So, my definition does, unfortunately, include bad corsets, at least a little. A pattern dimension, as you even state, is not what it would be when worn. Subtext: Recent MRI Scans have shown: Stomach now above waistline. actually that is girdle, but people in my country call it corset. Thanks!! Christine’s post. How nice that must have been. It has been my experience that no woman (laced up by me!) This decade at the turn-of-the-century (1901-1910) represented a tremendous time of transition in fashion, as the elaborate getups of the Victorian Era got a bit more ridiculous, and then fell out of style all together. Generally, a corset with a 20-inch waist would be worn with a gap in the back, so the woman’s corseted waist measured between 22 and 26 inches. Of course corsets have to be laundered. My husband is very happy with my figure and we take pleasure from the rituals of dressing me each morning and evening. Is it safe? I have worn corsets for different events and find them very comfortable, even when laced to drop my waist more than three inches. Also, to the person questioning whalebone, yes it is baleen, but the corset industry called it whalebone so we do as well. Incidence of breast cancer did not decrease after corsets … The only problem i have ever had with a corset is it not being big enough for my breasts, and crushing them in part while another part spills over. Of course, these were probably much worse for one’s health, putting all sorts of strain on the spine by forcing such an awkward posture. It’s important to use your best judgement about your own body, and to not over generalize. These included laced gussets on the front abdominal sections to allow for the expanding belly as well as adjustable bust gussets to allow for expansion there. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Rare with the hormon shift, and wear a corset. that corsets did not cause the.. 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