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Sexy Corsets and Bustiers From the 1930s and Earlier
Corset History - Much Older Than What the Lunch Lady Wore!
The corset originated centuries ago. It is a tight-fitting garment worn to mold the body into a shape desired by women for beauty, or by a Doctor for orthopaedic purposes. A corset is either used for the time being so you can fit into your garment or for long periods of time, to conform the body into a desired shape. They have been worn by men and women for hundreds of years. Commonly, corsets are designed for slimming of the body and into an hourglass shape. Women have desired this hourglass shape which gives emphasis and results in a curvy figure. This is accomplished by what appears to be a reduction in the waist and this slimming, gives the illusion of larger bust and hips. Historically, however, corsets were used to make a straight minimized shape, sort of tubular. Please enjoy these photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries which really emphasize the curviness of the women shown. Please let us know if this website was enjoyable to you!
Image of corset tightening cited: Google Images Creative Commons, 17th Century Painting in the Public Domain.
This website shows the very sexy (of the time) and modern use of foundation garment and corsets to accentuate a woman's figure. I did this website in the hope that you may enjoy it and look back at what women had to do to be beautiful in their era. Long ago lost were the Rubenesque ideals of earlier centuries. The ladies still appear a little plump and we all know that celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were pleasingly plump, in an appealing way for their era. The use of these foundation garments dwindled after this and women began to desire to be naturally slim & curvy, with the use of these. Modern garment, such as Spanx have again brought back foundation garments as a way of life for most women.
The Cultural History of Corsets
If you really want to know the history of the corset, you can find it here.
This isn't a book about dates and facts, it is a cultural history of corsets and the perception of corsets throughout their history.
A fascinating book with a different perspective on nipping the waist.
Historically, Women Have Spent $Thousands a Year on Corsets and Foundation Garments - The following historical photos are from photos taken from the late 19th t
The corset industry has been booming since the 1870's in the United States. In 1876, two Doctors named Warner opened up their corset business in Connecticut and the industry was born. Corsets have been made in all types and sizes and every year, there was an innovation. In the last decade, there has been a resurgence of corsets, not only for fashion, but for enjoyment by many. These photos show several models in different types of corsets. They are not necessarily in chronological order but are all early and rare images.
A corselette was called so because it was the combo of a girdle and brassiere. Most of the models were made of some type of latex and replaced the corset in many cases starting in the 1920s and became very popular in the 1930s. The retail on these was very high which kept a lot of women from wearing them and continuing with regular corsets until they became more reasonably priced. Daddy, break out the checkbook!
Corselette Photo found in the Public Domain, Creative Commons
Sexy Corset Pose from the Early 1900's
This lady definitely is not shy in front of the camera. She is almost posing as she smiles with not a touch of a reddened face...for shame
"Please Exit the Room Kind Sir, I am a Modest Girl!"
This lady from the early 1900s, appears to be a bit modest but you can see a bit of smile coming out from that shy face! This is a beautiful vintage 1910s corset photo!
Corsets in a French Brothel - Very Rare Photo
This photo shows a very early bevy of ladies of the night in a French Brothel. Although they are wearing corsets, the patrons must've enjoyed the pleasingly plump!
We Can't Forget the Corset for Full Figured and Larger Busted Ladies!
It has always been important for larger busted ladies to have a corset that flattered them. The bust was accentuated in the front and as you can see by the back of this model, it took a lot of material to make this.
The Corset that also Flattened, er...Flattered the Hips!
This model is flattering and flattening! This corset has helped slim the hips of this model who has curvier hips.
Early 1920s Corset with a Front Stitched Panel
This corset has front stitching and was an innovation in the late 1910s to early 1920s.
Corset Swimming Beauties from the Turn of the 20th Century!
This photo shows several models of all sizes and shapes and the ease in which they can move around and sit in their corsets. It is hard for me to believe that they actually went into the water in these getups!
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