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Sizing Up Corsets: Sizing a corset is simple. The size numbers refer to bust size. If you are a bust size 36C or D, you would wear a size 36 corset. If your cup size is larger, you should go up one size. In this case, up to a size 38. Sizes do range a bit within corsets so if you end up ordering a corset online, make sure you purchase according to measurements, not according to “typical” sizing.

Traditional corsets are designed to mold the body into an hourglass shape. Usually made from a soft and flexible cloth corsets are stiffened by stays or ribs that are inserted into the material. Originally made of metal or whalebone, plastic is currently the most common material used to make stays, though they can also still be made from steel. Usually laces are used to tie the corset together, the tighter the lacing of the corset the more severe the shape. Tightlacing is the fashion of binding the corset and gradually changing the shape of the body and reducing the natural waist size to an extremely small dimension. Corsets of today often have the look of the traditional corsets, and while they may be tight fitting, modern corsets usually do not shape the wearer in the extreme way of traditional corsets. Whether you are interested in traditional corsets or modern corsets, as can be seen from the photos below, a corset can enhance your figure.


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The Corset: A Cultural History

Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly For 400 years, women wore corsets that controlled their shape and constricted, and sometimes crushed, their ribs and organs. In the 18th century, "tight-lacing" was a common phenomenon, but in the 19th century, technology allowed for more effective corsetry. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, the corset became less popular and gradually faded almost completely from use, though recently, it's come back into fashion as sexy outerwear. In The Corset: A Cultural History, Valerie Steele, chief curator and acting director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, takes on an item of clothing that has achieved notoriety among many historians. But Steele challenges the popular view that corset-wearing women were merely the victims of fashion, and delves into the "complex gender politics surrounding the corset controversies of the past." The hundreds of color and b&w photos and illustrations provide entertaining visual evidence for Steele's scholarship. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal What is it about corsets that so fascinates costume historians and fetishists alike? For more than 500 years, women and occasionally men rigidly laced themselves up in whalebone or steel in order to be molded into some sort of physical ideal. Consider the work of contemporary designers such as Gaultier and Lacroix, and it becomes apparent that this strange obsession continues to this day. While there is no shortage of information on this fashion curiosity, Steele here emphasizes the aesthetic, social, and historical aspects. As chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the author of nearly 12 books on costume history, she is well qualified to tackle the subject and to attempt to answer "why." The text is scholarly, yet lively and readable, and the numerous images drawn from a variety of sources such as trade cards, paintings, advertisements, book illustrations, and contemporary photos help illustrate her point. This book would be a good purchase even for libraries that already have material on this subject. Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.