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Red wool corset, 1860s. Red wool became fashionable at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines, & corsets.     I assume this was for a large-busted woman, thus no front opening and the additional straps.

Red wool corset, 1860s. Red wool became fashionable at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines, & corsets. I assume this was for a large-busted woman, thus no front opening and the additional straps.

Woman's suit About 1900, 19th century or 20th century

Woman's suit About 1900, 19th century or 20th century

Silk jersey stockings with embroidery, by Milon Aîné, Paris, circa 1860.

Silk jersey stockings with embroidery, by Milon Aîné, Paris, circa 1860.

Red wool became fashionable for undergarments at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines and corsets. Although fashionable in color, the stays would have been quite unfashionable in construction with the use of shoulder straps, large triangular bust and hip gussets as well as having a closed front instead of a split busk. This pair of stays would have used a long, rigid busk made from ivory, wood, metal or whalebone inserted into the front slot of the corset. The…

Red wool became fashionable for undergarments at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines and corsets. Although fashionable in color, the stays would have been quite unfashionable in construction with the use of shoulder straps, large triangular bust and hip gussets as well as having a closed front instead of a split busk. This pair of stays would have used a long, rigid busk made from ivory, wood, metal or whalebone inserted into the front slot of the corset. The…

1750-1760 Museon Arlaten

1750-1760 Museon Arlaten

Fab 1860s corset cover.

Fab 1860s corset cover.

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)

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)

Corset from the Catherine of Medici epoche (1590), Ecouen, © Musée national de la Renaissance

Corset from the Catherine of Medici epoche (1590), Ecouen, © Musée national de la Renaissance

Dr. Warner's Sanitary Corset  First advertised in 1875, this example is most likely from the late 1870s. A black sateen sanitary corset made by the Warner Bros. Corset Company. The sanitary corset was created by two brothers who were physicians, I. De Ver Warner and Lucien C. Warner when they became alarmed by the effects a badly fitting corset could have on the health of a woman.

Dr. Warner's Sanitary Corset First advertised in 1875, this example is most likely from the late 1870s. A black sateen sanitary corset made by the Warner Bros. Corset Company. The sanitary corset was created by two brothers who were physicians, I. De Ver Warner and Lucien C. Warner when they became alarmed by the effects a badly fitting corset could have on the health of a woman.

Hoop skirt with steel hoops and linen and cotton braid tapes, by Thomson, American, c. 1862.

Hoop skirt with steel hoops and linen and cotton braid tapes, by Thomson, American, c. 1862.

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