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Corsé acolchado, Manchester Galleries, 1860-70


1864 Corset (front) - Victoria and Albert Museum at Silk, edged with machine-made lace, reinforced with whalebone and metal eyelets, cotton twill lining. The corset was worn over the chemise and it moulded the figure of the wearer into the fashionable shape of the day. It did not need to be very tightly laced, for the illusion of a small waist was created by the very wide circumference of the crinoline.

1860's girl's dress


1864 blue silk corset boned with whalebone. "Possibly English or French," per V&A. Click through for MANY angles and closeups. [jrb]

With the narrower silhouette, emphasis was placed on the bust, waist and hips. A corset was used to help mold the body to the desired shape. This was achieved by making the corsets longer than before, and by constructing them from separate shaped pieces of fabric. To increase rigidity, they were reinforced with many strips of whalebone, cording, or pieces of leather. Steam-molding, pateted in 1868, helped create a curvaceous contour. (2 pins)

This corset dates from about 1890 to 1895. It is labelled 'Made in Brussels for Madame Worth's Corsets'.

(via Detail of collections 1870s-1880s | KCI Digital Archives) This corset is a vivid reminder of the painting, “Nana,” by Edouard Manet (1832–1883). The center-front busk and bones mold the curve from the waist to the abdomen, while neatly arranging the lower abdomen, as well. Women used corsets in an effort to get closer to an ideal physical form of the time; until the beginning of the 20th century, their waists were tightened by the corset. With the development of modern ...