When we think in corsets we already do association with Victorian waists (the very small ones), but the corset dates much earlier. Appeared in the history of fashion in the sixteenth century, and since then this garment has been used as support and controlthe natural shapes of the body.
Has experienced many changes since its original model, steel wasreplacing the fin whale, increasingly rare. The silhouette increasinglyin the form of an “S” - the chest out, flat stomach and big butt. The bust line got down and the corset cover the hips. Flatten your stomach and maintain posture in Belle Epoque, it was more important than an hourglass shape, which is why the corsets of the time were considered “healthy. “
In 1920, with the “Garçonne“ silhouettes ,the corsets became increasingly rare and were only used to reduce the hip, this time the bust was supported by bras and flattened by bands of material or devices specially designed for this. The corset was restricted to fantasy and fetish for most of the twentieth century.
Even in the ’50s, when the New Look of Dior brought back waist pestle, only bands of elastic tissue were used. But between the late70‘s and 80′s, designers like Vivienne Westwood and Jean-PaulGaultier just would use elements of fantasy and fetish in hiscreations, especially BDSM.
Leather, vinyl, latex, chains, and, guess what, corsets. The underground, punk and gothic fashion entered the corset as a key element. From 1990 the corset became couture, and it is not unusual to find one or two in the collection of fashion designers andin the editorials of Vogue.
There are three types of corset: The underbust (below the breasts) the Overbust (above the breasts) and Overbust with bulge (with bulge, above the breasts)
It is very hard to find a good corset today which is not tailored, if you want to make yours, the most precious tip is: Measures need to bedrawn tightly, without gaps, but be careful not to squeeze. All corsets are adjustable on the back, but it is important that the measures are correct so that the piece has a perfect fit.
If you want to buy a corset for everyday use, be sure to also buy a liner that is made on the average length of an underbust, is like a strip of cotton with lycra,. The liner should be used in a smaler size than the to, adjusted to the corset on him than on the folds.
Although (and perhaps rightfully so) is no longer basic piece, corsetnever died. For their ability to modify the body, restrict and regulate,or just for aesthetic appeal it causes, the corset will never die, but in fashion, the fantasy of his admirers.
And the corset diva!