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26
Jul
17

2
entries

 

 

A couple of comely Era beauties from Stephen K.

Source

 

 

Otto S.:

"Curious outfit and setting, but impressive figure in a short corset.
Sent to me by a friend in Albania."

Higher resolution provided by Phil B.

 


 

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25
Jul
17

2
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ies

 

 

 

 
 


A curiosity from Crinolyn

 


Stephen K.:

"Actress Ethel Warwick is shown here young and
pretty and hourglass-corseted circa 1900."

 

 


Our Leather LISANeckLacers®
(We prefer not to call them "neck corsets", since that implies strangulation!)

...are the finest available, made with true craftsmanship and sure to delight

Available in our Lillie Langtry Shop
Click on either picture

 

24
Jul
1
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We don't get this - must be modern, considering her panties are evident


Stephen K.:

"Actress Louise Derval [here] is wearing a tailored tweed suit, thought 'mannish' at the time
(circa 1890, to judge from the sleeves),  but to me nothing could be more feminine! Found here;
LISA has other pictures of her here and here."

 

Many visitors have found success in placing an ad in our
Classified Section,
where you can, for example, look for a partner or someone to
share with, sell corsets and corset-related items, or ask for trades!

 

23 
Jul
 1
7

 2
 entries

 

 

  

 


'Milk Milk, Lemonade' promo

with Amy Schumer

From Aarkey



Charles S.:

"I’ve discovered another new movie called “Lady Macbeth”, about a woman in Northern England who is trapped in an unhappy arranged marriage. The lead role is played by an actress called Florence Pugh and there is at least one 'lacing' scene – still here.

"According to various on-line reviews this movie was Pugh’s first time in a corset, and in interviews she has a lot to say about how restricting she found it (and the rest of the clothing) and how this helped her get into the role."

 


Treasure your Stays!

LISATube Corset Liners will do the trick, protecting your costly corset from perspiration and soiling
(Never use Febreze, as it will hurt the fabric)
 

 

22
Jul
17

2
entries

 

 

 
 


Display of note

From Jürgen



Another impressive display

This, from Crinolyn

 

 


Our Leather LISANeckLacers®
(We prefer not to call them "neck corsets", since that implies strangulation!)

...are the finest available, made with true craftsmanship and sure to delight

Available in our Lillie Langtry Shop
Click on either picture

 

21
Jul
17

2
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ies

 

 

 

 

Charles S.: (See 14 July)

"Here and here are YouTube videos in which members of the cast of “The Beguiled” talk about the costumes and particularly the corsets. 

"Here is a New York Times feature on the film’s costumes, which includes this reference to a ‘dressing scene’:"

For a festive dinner, the belles pull out the stops. “Pull it tighter,” one urges as her corset is laced.
Having unearthed their taffeta gowns from deep storage, they show off pinched waists, bare arms, throats and shoulders.

 



'Banshee' model (Sent by Stephen K.)

 "A busty, alabaster-skinned model with long red
curls bellows at the camera as she rushes forward
in a wine-coloured corset and long black satin skirt."

 

Visit our LISACorsets area
There you can find surprises!

 

20
 Jul
17

2
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ies

 

 

 

Stephen K.:

Era actress Floy Crowell

 

 

 

Elle Fanning behind the scenes of the new Beguiled film - read more here

Source      Sent by Clovis


19
Jul
17

2
entries

 

Mickey C. points out this YouTube video featuring a girl with a '14½ waist'. (Hmmm...We have seen her before, the one who removed six(!) ribs,
but, somehow, her waist doesn't appear quite that small to us.)



Event in Oxford, England:

Conference of Corsetry

26th & 27th August, 2017

Pointed out by Chris J.

 

18
Jul
17

2
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ies

 

 

 

 

Mike H. has provided another story, this science fiction, entitled

Council Formal Dress

Sixth Part  (Finale)           Here is the first part           More visitor fiction


Charles S.:

The paintings of tennis players in the 14th July Update prompted me to send you this tennis-related item from the
“South Wales Echo” (Cardiff, UK) 11th July 1895:

 Walking in Penarth last evening I came on a party of eight tennis players who seemed to have settled in their own minds the much-vexed question of a becoming dress for both sexes. It was a private ground, and I was rude enough to stand and watch them for a short while. Ladies and gentlemen both wore cream-coloured silk blouses or shirts of exactly the same make, although the gentlemen's sleeves were perhaps larger than those of the ladies. The gentlemen had flannel pants; the ladies, skirts of the same hue. Hats, hat ribbons, neckties, belts, and shoes were all alike, and each wore a flower in his or her belt. The one drawback to this really pretty costume was that the gentlemen—one in particular—were so small at the waist that there was more than a suspicion of a well-laced corset. I do not know if this is the uniform of any tennis club; if so it is very pretty, and save for the one objection a most comfortable looking costume.

 

     
NOTICE

This is the last Update until 18 July

14
Jul

17

2
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Chris J. points out some paintings of John Lavery's,
showing Era tennis in its best light

 

Charles S.:

The new version of “The Beguiled” starring Nicole Kidman (set in a girls’ school during the Civil War) sounds interesting, as in various on-line interviews costume designer Stacey Battat reveals that all the female cast, including the young school-girls, wear period-correct corsets.

Here are some of the things she said about them:

They all wear corsets, even the younger girls… We custom-made all of the corsets, because you can't really buy a corset for a 12-year-old… We helped them—they can’t get into it by themselves… Each morning when you put it on, you pull it in a little at a time so you don't push all the air out of the lungs at once… you're taking in the waist and cinching in that middle section; you're expanding the top part of the chest.

 


You can't wear a belt in place of a corset, but a LISABelt will keep your organs in place for
an hour or two while you exercise, or some such, keeping your corset safe from damage

 

13
Jul
1
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Charles M.:

Here is an intriguing reference that appeared in the Scottish newspaper
“The Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian” 20th May 1882:

Vienna is in ecstasy before a tiny waist, which is smaller than has yet appeared in this (Paris) the best corseted city in the world. Dimensions are not given, but the lady in question is no means a pocket Venus. The beautiful stranger is said to be a South American lady, but Vienna would be proud to own her, and—probably will. 


Jörg points to three videos which feature Bizarre Design creations:   #1   #2   #3   #4

Video 1:  The lady in the long white corset, Ancila Tilla, is a fetish model from Holland. 

 

12
Jul
 1
7

   1
 entry

  

Mike H. has provided another story, this science fiction, entitled

Council Formal Dress

Fifth Part              Here is the first part           More visitor fiction

11
Jul
17

2
entries

 

 

 
 


Even in a heavy coat, it wasn't hard to discern the snug waist of

Lillie Langtry

Other Era tightlacers      Sent by Stephen K.



Kathie Jung

with Dutch corset maker Jeroen van der Klis
(Bizarre Design)

 

 

 

10
Jul
17

2
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ies

 

 

 

 

Jörge has provided what appears to
be two instances of
Era erotica

 


Extra long corset to add to our gallery

 

 

 

9
 Jul
17

2
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ies

 

 

  Oh! That Britta!     Sent by Jörge      Also see 29 June

        


 

From Crinolyn:

Multi-talented actress Marion Coitillard displays her tiny waist in a red Dior cashmere coat as she poses in a photo shoot for W Magazine

Source

8
Jul
17

2
entries

 

 

Another wonderful Lacie Pinup addition

 

 

 


A credible Elizabethan reproduction

More such

 

7
Jul
17

2
entr
ies

 

 

 

 

Julius sends this poem, which might have been on LISA before:

THE SQUEEZER

A Yankee of inventive mind,
Observing once that womankind
Were blest with rather larger waists
Than seemed conformed to ladies' tastes.
 
Planned out and made of polished steel
With many a secret spring and wheel,
A queer machine, to work a sure
And altogether perfect cure
On every waist that might not be
Of small enough periphery.
His great machine at last complete,
 
He advertised in many a sheet,
In this poetic style:
"Attention, ladies! call and see
The wonder of the country!
My patent Waist Decreaser,
The ladies' loving squeezer!
Got up and run by Jabez Kile."
 

 

 
Then, seated in his office at his ease,
He waited calmly for a waist to squeeze.
He had not very long to wait,
For soon a maiden dressed in state,
With rustling robes and smile serene,
Came in to try the great machine;
And throwing off her furs and hat,
With stoic resignation sat
Straight down among the wheels and springs,
And screws and other curious things:
Then said to Kile, "Sir, if you please',
I'd like a little — just a little squeeze."
 
"With pleasure, ma'am," said he, and placed
The pliant springs about her waist;
Then turned the crank; the springs grew tight:
Again she smiled with pure delight.
He turned again, she sighed; and then
He turned the polished crank again;
She smiled again and whispered low,
"My dearest Jabez, turn it slow!—
I'd linger long in joy like this!"
 
He turned again, she murmured, "Bliss!"
Again — she smiled, she strove to speak,
But with ecstatic joy grew weak,
Could only faintly gasp, "Dear John, please,
Another little, just a little squeeze!"
The wheels went round, she fell asunder — dead.
 
And — Jabez fled.

 


Pretty, pretty, from Crinolyn

         

 

6
Jul

17

2
entr
ies

 

 

Stephen K.:

Belle of Redruth

"Redruth is a town in the far South-West of England, but around 1890 it seems
 that at least one pretty young lady there was as fashionably and tightly corseted
as  any  belle of London's West End! Found on eBay here."

More such

 

Charles S.:

Here are a few more, all from the “London Daily News”, giving contrasting opinions about the “ideal” figures which the employees of some dressmakers and corsetieres were expected to display. See 13 June for the first two.

17 January 1896:

SLIM WAISTS

Sir,— in your article in to-day's paper on “Girls and Gowns” you infer that we who are employed in the “trying-on” department of millinery establishments may hope to be released from the necessity of having slim well-corsetted figures. I am in a very fashionable corsetiers shop, which you perhaps may not know entails having a far slimmer wasp-waist than girls employed in mantle departments, as I know from having a sister in that line. We have to show in our own figures the advantages of our employer's articles in the way of attaining extremely small waists. In my own case, though tall and slight by nature, by request of our manager, I am encased ― both day and night in our stiffest and most carefully laced stays to maintain the tiny size so many of our customers attempt to equal, but have not yet succeeded in passing. I am sure that out of the many thousands that you mention there are extremely few who, after the first natural discomfort of being very tightly laced and standing about all day, do not take a pride in their fashion-plate figures and a secret satisfaction in seeing the smart girls who come to us look at our trim waists with hopeless envy, though they have no work to do and can afford to remain in the most comfortable position all day that all women with really pinched-in waists long for.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant, SHOW-ROOM FIGURE            Jan. 14.

23 January 1896:

SLIM WAISTS

TO THE EDITOR OF THE DAILY NEWS.

Sir,—The letter by “Show-Room Figure” in your issue of yesterday has filled me with shame and astonishment at the blindness and ignorance of some of my own sex even as to their own interests. If our girls were taught anything of anatomy they would know that a slim waist is bought at the expense of the vital organs, and certainly, if carried to an extreme. must result in an enfeebled or diseased constitution, to say nothing even of the serious danger to themselves and their children should they ever become mothers. A little knowledge of anatomy would teach them that this is a deformity to be cried down as much as the foolish Chinese fashion of small distorted feet. We want to be women, not wasps. The Greek statues, which represent the ideal female form, have good healthy waists and hips, allowing for the full play of the organs, and the curves of the body seen in them are far more beautiful in form to any one who has an atom of artistic taste than the fashion-plates of the present day, which are “Show-Room Figure’s” ideal. — Yours truly, A LOVER OF HEALTH AND BEAUTY.

 12 April 1901:

SHOP WORKERS' WOES

Sir, — The article in your paper of to-day on “Shop Workers' Woes” gives one some hope of our grievances being looked into. I belong to a class of shop girl that rarely gets any sympathy, because we are employed exclusively by the large firms in the fashionable quarters of the town, but although we wear such smart clothes and look so tall and prosperous during business hours, I can tell you, Sir, and answer for very many girls of my own condition that it is often a cruelly hard life, both in the mantle and trying-on department, and in the corset section, and if we look tired or allow a little extra liberty to our imprisoned waists, we very soon have to leave our situations. A large part of our “woes” are caused by selfish and inconsiderate customers, who make us stoop, sit down, and bend at acute angles to see the effect of some skirt or bodice, quite oblivious of the pain all this causes to a poor girl laced up extremely tight in the steel sheath provided for her by the firm in many cases, and this goes on for seven or eight hours a day. — Yours obediently, "Fashion Plate" Oxford Street, London, April 10th, 1901.

 13 April 1901:

Sir.—The letter of “Fashion Plate” under the heading of “Shopworkers’ Woes,” in to-day's “Daily News,” I am sure, expresses what very many girls suffer from. In many employments it is not small wages or ill-cooked food which makes us miserable and inclined leave well-placed livelihoods; but it is the want of consideration of customers to often tired and harassed show room "hands," added to the small tyranny and bullying of our immediate superiors. For instance, I am in the show room of a very fashionable shop in Manchester, where we four girls are constantly fidgetted by the ignorant, overbearing “shopwalker,” whose one aim is to make us look as much as possible like animated fashion plates, with the idea of getting the establishment a “smart” name. Any cutting remark about our appearance that he can safely indulge in before customers he lets us benefit by! Last Easter I took my holiday at the seaside, and coming back with a healthy colour and sun burnt hands as nearly as possible cost me my situation, especially as at first I was unable to wear my “business frock,” rowing and swimming every day having expanded my waist. Mr. R— said my “rustic cheeks and slovenly figure quite disgraced the establishment,” and it was only after many days spent in the stuffy hot shop, and encased in extra-tight and continuously worn corsets, that I was allowed to leave the workroom and return to the fitting and show department, and take my place amongst the white faced, wasp waisted “young ladies,” whose ladylike slow movements and studiously low voices constitute Mr. R—’s ideal assistants. — I am, Sir, yours obediently, SHOP DISCIPLINE.  April 12th

 

16 April 1901:

Sir,— l think your correspondents “Fashion Plate” and “Shop Discipline” are to more envied than pitied. Of course, every profession has its drawbacks, but a woman’s looks are always of great interest to her, and in no profession can girls take so much care of themselves as in those of your complaining writers, who evidently do not know when they are well off. As I have to lead a very different life myself, I often look with some envy at the girls employed at a large milliner’s where I go to escort a young lady I am living with. The two girls are never out in rough weather, so their faces keep very fair and clear, they both have exquisite figures, and move so easily that evidently their very tight, perfect fitting stays cause no inconvenience them, and their hands are as smooth and white as any lady with thousands a year, besides their coiffure, shoes. etc., are the perfection of neatness. Surely all this is worth taking into consideration. —
I am. Sir, yours truly, E. B. T.

 

 

5
Jul
1
7

2
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ries

 

 

 

Sam Lauer has recognized the still posted
 yesterday as being from the 1955 film

Beautiful But Dangerous

...pertaining to which we have an entire page
(More here)

Sam has also provided this additional publicity photo

 

Sam: "Ok. The whole film seems to be on YouTube nowadays. She appears in this dress at about 1:03:25. The picture quality isn't as great as on any DVD version, but, such is life. I only have a copyof the movie that has the original Italian soundtrack and the alternate track is dubbed in Russian. No subtitles. Makes following the movie a bit difficult, but then I obtained the copy only to watch Gina, not listen."
 


Peter H.:

"Corsets on Blue Peter have been mentioned before and I have found a bit more here (between 26:55 to 29:58)"

4
Jul
 1
7

   2
 
entries

   Happy
Independence
    Day!

 

This lovely picture of Gina Lollobrigida, offered by Jörge a while back, 
obviously is from a film.  Our research has failed us; can anyone help?

 

 

 

One of our favorite Era actresses is Gabrielle Ray -
here are two fine examples to add to her LISA page (near bottom).

 

3
Jul
17

1
entr
y

 

 

 


Singer
Anastacia

Other celebrities

 

2
Jul
17

2
entr
ies

 

 

 

 

A new outfit to add to our pinup Morgana

The Others

 


Apparently an 1886 advertisement

(The words are a bit unusual)

 

 

1
 Jul
17

2
entr
ies

 

 

 

Stephen K.:

"From an article featured in Life for 1st September 1947 about the new New Look corsets: 'The corset is back and stylish American women are going to be asked to submit, at varying prices, to the pads and tight lacing of their Victorian grandmothers. ...They will slim unruly waists as much as three inches "if," as one stylist remarked, "you can stand the pressure."'"

 


 


Interesting art work

From Peter Leth

 

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