The History of the Corset, a Garment Fraught with Misconceptions

Often demonized as patriarchal torture devices, these garments were seen as a practicality in their day.

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  • 1899 stereoscope card originally captioned: Reducing the Surplus. "Now, Pull Hard!"Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Corsets: They Weren’t Just for Women

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  • 1893 advertisement for men's corsets.

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Origins of the Corset

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  • 1886 corset advertisement, emphasizing the garment's benefits for health and comfort.

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What is Tight-Lacing?

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  • Illustration from 1905.

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  • 1920s satirical cartoon, originally captioned: "A cutting wind, or the fatal effects of tight-lacing".

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Corsets in Decline

Media Depictions of Corsets

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  • A scene from 'Bridgerton'.

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