"Some interesting pictures from the'Berlinale' Film Festival (8 – 18 February 2007, Germany). Wide belts seems to be
week's fashion show (February 2007) in Milano
Ed: Good sign - they are as wide as corsets!
(ABOVE RIGHT) Italian singer Rihanna
Naomi Campbell wears a gown with the same very wide metal belt upon exiting her 'community service' duties on the fifth and final day of her term (In 2007 she was assigned such for throwing a cell phone at her maid). Below enlargeable. Click on left picture for detail.
Seems the 2007 cincher fashion started earlier than we thought...
October 2005 Cover Girl (makeup) cover
(right) Jennifer Lopez
Michelle Yeoh in a padlocked metal corset/belt at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
Provided by Christian
Aarkey's blog page deals with this subject, featuring plenty of pictures
(above left) Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) (right) Beyonce Knowles - 2007 Black Entertainment Awards
(above left) Giselle Bündchen
Japanese pop singer-songwriter
in a 'locking' Dolce & Gabbana wide metal belt
(above) FX Mode
Articles about wide steel belts, a popular topic featured on
LISA in 2008:
Dutch model Lara Stone wearing the one-time ubiquitous Dolce & Gabbana 'locking' belt
Both can be enlarged
Other model at right unidentified
AN INTERESTING ADDENDUM:
Here's how I interpret the unusual belt in the photo above:
"The slot in the free end was meant for a ring in the belt underneath
it to be slipped through and flipped so it would act as a keeper. It
could have been affixed to
"Here's some background on belts in the Victorian era. I've inferred
this from looking through a half-dozen Dover-reprint books on
Victorian-era fashions, so I
"Belts were often used to hang things from, such as fans, purses, keys, watches, scissors, lorgnettes, muffs, artificial flowers, bunched-up ribbons, etc. Several small items were sometimes hung together from a 'chatelaine,' which was in turn hung from a belt-hook.
"Add-on 'belt-hooks' were sometimes used--these either hooked over
the belt or slid down onto it. Sometimes belts came equipped with one
already, in a style
"One rarely sees drawings or paintings of Victorian women carrying purses--that's because they often hung them from their belts. (But belt-hung purses didn't look artistic, which (I suspect) is why most illustrations omitted them.)
"In order to handle such a load without distortion, belts needed to
be wide and tight. And wide, tight belts are uncomfortable without a
corset beneath them to prevent them from cutting into the body. If there
is a corset revival, one of its practical advantages will be that women
can free themselves from purse-carrying
[later] "Just noticed some important details that I’d missed before. First, what I called the 'free end' of the belt (the portion in the light) is actually a metal mounting that is attached to the belt with a rivet near the tip of its oval end. Further, it continues unbroken into the shadow to its left (from the viewer’s vantage point) until it terminates in a matching oval-end-with-rivet. It is about five inches long and constitutes a 'false front' - the actual belt buckle must be hidden
"The technique was employed back then. A belt with a hidden under-buckle and a large, elaborate false-front buckle is shown on page 42 of Victorian Fashion Accessories by Dover Books. (The implication of the false buckle’s long prongs was that the belt was pulled in an inch further in order to fasten it, hinting that the wearer could have worn a tighter belt if she wanted to show off!) "Other belts with 'hardware-appeal' can be found on page 15 of the same book (a pair of fetishy metal links and mountings interrupt the belt on both sides) and page 235 of Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harper’s Bazar: 1867–1898.
"Second, there are three slots (not one) in the false front, the rightmost two empty.
"Third, there is a small watch hanging
upside down from the leftmost slot. (I can’t see how it’s
attached—maybe with a spring clasp on its back that slides into the
slot.) A chain attached to its stem hangs down about a half-inch
below the belt, then loops up and attaches somehow to the upper
center of the metal front, just
"All this “visual interest” gave a guy
an excuse to stare at a gal’s waist—which may have been its real
"I enlarged the photo of the belt to 31meg pixels and lightened, and it appears to be a leather belt with Flexible band attached about 1" wide, the belt 2" wide;
There appears to have a loop, like for a padlock. There is a ring through the loop like a key ring, which is attached to the belt. The plate visible on the front has three positions, about 1"/1.25" apart. If locked on would be hard to remove without destroying the belt."
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