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26
May

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LISA Pinup KathTea Katastrophy:

"​This was one of my smallest corsets by Orchid Corsetry many years back.

"I'm still hoping to get back down to that size.  If anyone's interested in helping,
 they can get in touch with me on Twitter, Tumblr, or become a Patron."


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

 

25 MAY SKIPPED

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17

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James M. offers this interesting tidbit


...and Jörge came through with this credible 1890 walking dress video - from the inside out:

Reenactor gallery

 


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23 MAY SKIPPED

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May

1
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Charles S. provides anecdotes from the theatrical world:

From the "Worcestershire Chronicle" (UK) December 14th 1901:

A young lady who applied for a minor part in a costume play shortly to be produced at a West End theatre was asked by the acting manager in terms of exquisite courtesy whether she could reduce her waist to 17 inches. The young lady declined to risk spoiling her figure in this way, and being informed that no waists above 17 inches were to be engaged, she went away without obtaining anything.

 From “The Sketch” (UK) February 5th 1896:

(Part of an interview with an established actress who was starring in a pantomime under the pseudonym “Miss Birmingham”)
The most uncomfortable experience I have had was while taking a small part as a Watteau shepherdess early in my career. I was about eighteen at the time. On the night my dress had been sent at the last minute to be altered. It was discovered that a mistake of two inches had been made in the waist. It was barely seventeen instead of nineteen inches. I had to get into it, however, and, though I think several of the other shepherdesses were envious of my figure, I was in excruciating pain the last hour.

From the “Luton Times and Advertiser” (UK) October 4th 1901:

STAYS AND THE STAGE. An actress, writing to the "Free Lance," says: — "Last Saturday I was engaged, with about eight other ladies, to 'walk on' in a forthcoming production at a theatre which is to reopen in about ten days. There were at least thirty ladies to choose from and I, being, as the manager said, 'tall and slight,' was the very first picked out. We rehearsed three days, and were then sent to a certain costumier in Shaftesbury Avenue, where we tried on second-hand dresses. I gave offence to the lady of the establishment by declining to don a French or any other corset, never having worn any since I joined the profession, having been advised by my friend and teacher, Genevieve Ward, to give them up on account of health and voice. The end of it was, I was given an Empire dress, where no corset would be quite correct. This morning, during rehearsal, the manager called me over, and informed me that Madam— could not possibly dress the lady without a corset, therefore I should not be wanted! He also told another lady—a friend of mine, and related to a good theatrical family—that as she could not be laced into the very tight dress which had been tried on her he would dispense with her services."

 Also, the “London Daily News” for December 13th 1910 included a feature on a 22-year-old law student who was also a very successful amateur actor specialising in female roles, and was making his last stage appearance before graduation. The “Daily News” reporter tried to interview him while he was waiting to go on stage dressed as a fashionable lady in a couture evening gown, and received the response: “I don’t expect I can talk very much. My man has laced me frightfully tight.”

 


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Updates are suspended temporarily

1
May
17

2
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Stephen K.:

Two more Victorian actresses

This is the sixth installment, begun here on 25 Mar,
of what were known as 'cigarette cards'

More in this area

 


Sam Laur has provided another drawing by Ferdinand von Reznicek

We call this one "Watching Carefully".

See also 27 & 29 April
 

 

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30
Apr
17

2
entries

 

Aarkey found goth model Bloody Betty - here are some samples:

            


Mike Haville has provided another story, this science fiction, entitled

Council Formal Dress

Second Part              Here is the first part           More visitor fiction


 

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29
 Apr
17

2
entries

 

 

 

 

ED: We feel this advertisement from Stephen K. features a woman who
 lends definition to the words 'poised' and 'perfectly proportioned'.

Stephen: "The implication is that despite its dramatic effect on her figure, the beautiful young lady
is so comfortable in her R&G corset  that she can sleep in it. Indeed, I suspect that years of sleeping
in corsets is the only way she could have achieved such a tiny waist in the first place! Found on eBay
here."



On 27 April, we posted a drawing by Ferdinand von Reznicek

We call this one "Good Night".  Interesting scenario.

Provided by Sam Laur

 

 

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One certainly can't say her corset is not apparent!

Entertainers dressed like this don't have
to do anything more than stand there!

More Era tightlacers

 

Mike Haville has provided another story, this science fiction, entitled

Council Formal Dress

Here is the first part           More visitor fiction


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!

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An Era caricature drawing by Ferdinand von Reznicek

From Ernst H.

Printed in the German magazine Weltkunst

More such


 

Stephen  K. sends some high society in Victorian garb:

(L) Mrs. Farquharson as Louise, wife of the Archduke Leopold of Austria

(R) Mrs. Gerard Leigh as a Lady in Waiting to the Duchess of Genoa, XVII century

More Era Tightlacers

 

Visit our LISACorsets area
There you can find surprises!

26
Apr 
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Peter Leth has provided this Victorian trading card

 

 

Stephen  K.:

A nurse from about 1890.

"I hope her spectacular figure didn't interfere too much with her patients' blood pressure."

More nurses are scattered about in Gallery 13, including these:             #1    #2    #3    #4

 


Treasure your Stays!

LISATube Corset Liners will do the trick, protecting your costly corset from perspiration and soiling
 

25
Apr
17

2
entries

 

 

 

 

Era magazine cover, January 4, 1903

 


Charles S.:

"Last night I caught the end of the BBC’s monthly astronomy programme “The Sky at Night” and was rather
surprised to see that one of the presenters, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, was actually wearing a corset!
There are clips available on the BBC website here and here."

24
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Dita's entry page to a Vogue feature on her

Magazine issue unidentified

23
Apr
17

2
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Stephen K:

"I found this on Flickr: a picture from a 'Renaissance faire' of a charming blonde wearing
a tricorn hat and a red and black corset. The style of the corset is clearly Victorian, not Renaissance, but it does wonderful things for her figure!"


LISA Pinup Kathtea Kastastropy:

"I posted on my Instagram and Tumblr this edit of my body.
While I do not plan on any permanent surgery for my chest and bottom due to risks,
 I still look forward to corset training toward my goal of 18"."

Video

 

22
 Apr
17

2
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Cartoon strip of interest, from Aarkey

 


21
Apr
17

2
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Stephen K.: The Art of Tailoring, c1900

"I particularly like the way that the masculine frock-coat has been made utterly feminine by tailoring it to a superbly corseted figure, and the way the buttons narrow in to emphasise the curves of her bust and waist. Found on eBay here."


Ed M. points out this corset-loving blogger

 

20
 Apr
17

2
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Jörge has sent what appears to be an on-set glimpse of Claudia Cardinale during filming of the 1966 La Viaccia ("The Lovemakers"), of which LISA has a large number of stillclips.  This film ranks among the top ten in tight corset filmology.


Interesting article from Stephen K.:

From The Indianapolis News, 25th January 1877


Scrawny Girls in Washington

[Washington Letter]

Those who are familiar with society in Washington can not avoid observing that all the girls have attenuated forms. We, who are accustomed to the fine developments of western and southern women, look with astonishment at the thin arms and scraggy necks that are exposed to view. To render the attenuation more apparent, young ladies have adopted the close-clinging skirts and corset-waists laced down the back. Thus attired our girls can be likened to nothing but an exclamation point. There is as much symmetry of form in one as in the other. When these girls dance the German, humane persons are inclined to petition the gentlemen to handle them with care, lest they break in two the fifteen inch waist. Handsomely-trimmed basques would be far more becoming to thin girls than the corset-waist, which, with them, scarcely requires any expansion from the waist to the hips. Such a style of dress was only intended for embonpoint and not for the fragile.

 

19
Apr
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Aarkey: "Do you see a tree in this picture?

"All I can see is a well-corseted woman! " ;)

The caption is "Stanley Park in
Vancouver 1897 - Great Cedar Tree"

More such

 

Charles S.: Old solution to a modern problem

There is a report on the Sky News website concerning British Olympic rower James Cracknell, who said in an interview that Cuba and North Korea (both of which suffer from acute food shortages) are good examples of how governments can tackle obesity.

Here is an alternative suggestion from a UK newspaper dated 21st July 1795:

To the EDITOR of the KENTISH CHRONICLE,

Sir, Meditating the other day upon the uncommon scarcity of that most necessary article in life, (viz. Bread,) I set about in my mind how to lessen, in some degree, the consumption of it.

Through the medium of your paper, good Mr. Editor, I beg leave to point out to the Fair-sex, again to adopt the fashion of their great Grand-mothers, that of wearing whalebone stays, laced moderately tight to the hips, as it is physically impossible they can, in such case, eat above one third of what, in their present unconfined state, they require to satisfy them. Being at a tea-drinking party a few evenings since, I observed a lady of my acquaintance, (who before the fashion of short waists, could scarcely eat anything of an afternoon) cram as much bread and butter as she could formerly have eaten at three breakfasts. By inserting this, good Mr. Editor, you will oblige a friend of Yours, the Staymakers, and the Constitution.

 

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New Zealander Timothy R. provides this comely latex-ed image of our Pinup Morgana


Stephen  K.:

Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen. Another picture of her here.

More Era Royals

 

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Some more nice links from Miss May O.:


How to put on a corset yourself
"How many times do we still see the laces taken round the waist which as we all know is incorrect and will cause damage to the corset over time?"

Lots and lots of girls being corseted

Handbound Theatrical Costumes


 

Stephen  K.:

"Charlotte of Prussia, later Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, and mother of Feodora.
She also appears in the picture of Feodora here. Looking at their waists, I would
like to imagine tight-lacing was encouraged in the ducal household."

More Era Royals

16
Apr
17

2
entries

 

 

 

 

Mehti P. sends this better-than-average latex corseted gal:

Romanie Smith

Here is some about her

 


Charles S.:

Following on from my posting on 14 April, here is a letter from a different source expressing a very different view of gymnastics for girls.

 From the “National Advocate” (Bathurst, NSW, Australia) November 16th 1897

On the subject of “Figure Training” “Vain Mother” writes to a London paper: — “How silly it is of mothers who value their daughters' looks to send them to a gymnastic class. In my absence my girl was sent for a month to a gymnasium. When she came back and tried to resume her usual London clothes her corset would not meet round her waist after its month's freedom; her hands, instead of being dimpled and velvety in texture, had become broader, red, and hard; her face flushed after the least exertion, and her feet could be barely got into the neat pointed shoes she usually wears. So this one month of health training had to be paid for by a course of very meagre food, constant tight lacing, hands encased day and night in gloves and cosmetics, and a complexion kept rigidly screened from the light and coated with powder and pastes. With all this care it will be some time before I shall be able to send to the schoolroom for my lovely child of fourteen to come and be admired by guests in the drawing room.”

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 Apr
17

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Stephen  K.:

A young couple from (perhaps) the late 1890s. "No names are given, but I was reminded of Jerome K Jerome's story in Three Men in a Boat about the party of 'Arries and "Arriets"' he met in a boat making merry on the Thames late one night. They look happy together: he is well turned out, and I hope he appreciates the effort she's obviously made to show a neat waist and a pretty figure."

ED: Somehow this picture has a 'reality punch' to it; that is, it certainly belongs in this section!    
Makes one want to BE there.

 


Sleek!

From Peter Leth

Appropriate area

 

14
 Apr
17

2
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This, from Crinolyn, is not really a corset, but the look is reminiscent of one, and might be good for Gallery 57


Charles S.:

After my last submission, I thought you might like to see a more positive account of figure training at a Paris school.

Found in the “Kirkintilloch Herald” (UK) for December 8th 1897:

Apropos of Dr. Wilson's strictures on tight lacing, a correspondent sends the following: —In “Modern Society” “Lady Disdain” writes as follows on the subject— “I have watched with painful interest the long correspondence in your most interesting paper. and now write my own experience, which I hope will be followed all sensible girls. At the age of 12 my mother took me with my elder sisters to Paris to complete their education. We had an étage in the Champs Elysees for two years, and were soon taken to be measured, and stays made to fit, and although I am now over forty I have never had a pair of English or ready-made stays. The greatest secret is to have them sewn up in front, lacing at the back from below. I never fasten the lace in any way the top, so the figure, has full play and freedom. When I came out my waist was round and eighteen inches, and in those days I was considered one of the best figures and riders in London, Paris, and Florence. My apology for mentioning this is to show that we were never tortured nor tight-laced; nor did we sleep in stays. We attended the famous Tria's Gymnasium, in Paris (for this was unheard-of exercise for girls in England). We took off our stays and wore Holland blouses with knickerbockers, and a stiff nine inch canvas belt. I was good at trapeze, running and jumping. My present stays are always sent over from Paris to be fitted, and then finished off there by Madame L. Girls should always have a pair of stays made specially for riding on horseback.”

 

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Apr
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2
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LISA Pinup Kathtea Katastropy,
has made a lacing video, preview at right

 

 

Stephen  K.:

"Rose Louise 'Gypsy Rose Lee' Hovick in Belle of the Yukon (1944), which LISA already has on its films list. This is a high-quality publicity image of a costume that is illustrated on the page of still clips from the film.."

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Some more nice links from Miss May O.:


Charles S.:

A second group of more newspaper correspondence concerning corset training in schools and at home

From the “Shields Daily Gazette” (UK) December 27th 1887

Is it generally known, asks a correspondent of the Echo, that at certain fashionable schools for girls, both in Paris and Brighton, tight lacing, or “figure training,” as it is more euphoniously called, is carried on to a great extent? In a French school an English girl succeeded recently in obtaining the prize for the smallest waist, which, in terrible suffering at the time, she endured in the scanty dimensions of 13 in. Girls are made to sleep in their stays, which are drawn even tighter at night than in the daytime, as the pressure can be borne in recumbent posture; 15in. and 16in. waist measurement is the ambition of these insane beings.

From the “Hull Daily Mail” (UK) October 30th 1903

TYRANNY OF TIGHT-LACING

Writing to the London “Daily Mail” a “Schoolgirl” says:―

There are five girls at our school who are all laced into a fearfully tight condition on rising, and two of them are made to wear their corsets at night as well, laced half an inch smaller than during the day.

I am laced into sixteen inches every morning by the principal's orders, as I am to have a presumably fashionable figure when I come out, and I am so tight that I can scarcely walk or eat at all, and breathing is agony. Rebellion on our part is punished by even tighter lacing in smaller corsets, so we have to make the best of it.

From the “Gloucester Citizen” (UK) July 15th 1907

TIGHT LACING. The “Gentlewoman” publishes the following appeal which has reached its offices:―

“Dear Editress —Can you put notice in your paper that tight lacing is cruel and not the fashion? My mother is so cruel with my figure, and laces me so tightly that I can hardly walk even in the garden. Nurse told mother I was extremely laced, but mother insisted upon Nurse reducing my waist another inch. I feel so uneasy. I have sometimes cut the lace, but mother puts horrible shoulder straps on when I do. I am too frightened to do that now, and also I have to wear very small shoes with very long heels, and I offend mother I have to do one hour's dancing in my smallest stays and shoes, which give me awful pain. When I can wear fourteen-inch stays and four-inch heels, mother says she will be very pleased and I shall look very smart; but I do hope you will put something in the “Gentlewoman” to stop it, as mother will be sure to see it. I try to stop it, but Nurse holds me on the bed while mother laces me up. Nurse laces mother sometimes very tightly when she pays calls, but mother does not mind. My waist does hurt this afternoon, I can hardly I can hardly sit down; but I dare not cut the lace as those dreadful straps will be put on me when mother finds out. Hope you will help me, Dear Editress.”
 

 

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Charles S.:

More newspaper correspondence concerning corset training in schools and at home

From “The Seymour Express” (Australia) April 1st 1887

A subject of this strict discipline wrote more than fifty years ago to a London fashion journal – “My mother had taken no pains with my form, and at the age of 11, when I should have possessed a waist of considerably slenderness, it measured 22 inches. On my arrival at the School the mistress was sadly shocked over my clumsy form, and I was at once put into a pair of stiff bone stays. I was placed on the floor, and it required the strength of two maids to draw the strings sufficiently tight so that my girth would be but eighteen inches. I suffered considerable pain the first two years, but after that time my form became more slender and I could sleep in comparative comfort. When I returned home my mother was charmed with my slender waist, and my younger sisters were put through the same course of treatment.”

From the “Weekly Irish Times” (Ireland) September 10th 1887 (part of a longer article originally published in “The Family Doctor”)

A young lady, who was first at a Brighton and then a Parisian school, has given me the following facts:―

“I was only, as you know, about 13 when I went to Mrs—. I had then worn stays nearly a year. Mother was always awfully particular about our figures. I had been there some three months, and although most of the girls had been put through the course of tight-lacing, I had still been allowed to wear my usual corsets, which were 20 inch ones. One morning, however, Mrs.— called me to her private room, and showed me a letter from mother, in which she said no pains were to be spared to give me a good and fashionable figure. In consequence, new stays were obtained and I was forthwith put through as severe (though gradual) a course of lacing as it has been the fortune of any girl to endure. I was gradually tightened, about half an inch in a fortnight, till my waist was pulled in to seventeen inches. Up to this I had, I must confess, not felt any very great pain or inconvenience, and, in fact, rather liked the sensation than otherwise. However, during the next year I knew what torture was, and suffered from headache and was very seldom free from great pain, although this became duller in the course of time. Sometimes I felt as if my stays would really cut me in two. When I was sixteen I left the school with a waist of fifteen inches, and was sent to Paris for the language, and to ‘finish.’ One of the specialities of the school to which I was sent was that a particular point was made of ‘figure forming’. The girls at this college, who were principally English, French, Viennese, and American were, I assert without fear of challenge from any of my fellow sufferers, the tightest laced I have ever seen. My mother had written saying that my figure must be strictly treated, and that my poor waist might be still further tortured. New Parisian stays were ordered; they were very long and stiff, and on the next day after they came home I was reduced to a fainting condition, and my waist to fourteen inches. I had been at this school about ten months when I was told my bust was too developed, and that I must, when my waist was reduced the other inch (my mother had given her consent to this, but no more), wear ‘bands,’ which were broad strips of linen buckled tightly round the chest, with the object of reducing the bust. My next stays were furnished with an inflexible busk, an arrangement of buckles and straps at the bottom to prevent embonpoint, and measured twelve and a half inches. I was laid on my bed, and after a quarter of an hour the corset was laced close, and my waist was thirteen inches (for the stays had stretched a half inch from the strain). Meanwhile another maid had strapped my chest-bands, and I lay a helpless girl. My breast was, of course being badly bruised, as the pressure needed to counteract the unnatural fulness of the bust through the extreme lacing had to be very considerable. In an hour, I was assisted off the bed, for I could scarcely move, and during the next few days I suffered an agony of pain. After six months, I was allowed to discard ‘the bands,’ and when a year later, I left school, I had a waist of only thirteen inches, and a thoroughly deformed and fashionable figure.”


 

Stephen  K.:

"Era actress Mlle Médal, of whom you also have a photograph of on this page. This photograph shows that she adopted the S-bend corset in the early 20th century as
keenly as she had the wasp waist in the 1890s."

More Era actresses

 

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Apr
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Stephen K.:

Two more Victorian actresses

This is the fifth installment, begun here on 25 Mar,
of what were known as 'cigarette cards'

More in this area

 

9
 Apr
17

2
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VIDEO

Fall of Eagles, is a TV series begun in 1974, and contains some impressive corseted gowns

Pointed out by Miss Mary O.

 


From Charles S., another newspaper archive item:

From the “Sheffield Independent” July 18th 1896:

SMALL WAISTS AND EDUCATION.

Nowadays, when almost every pastime is being annexed to the use of girls and women, and when, if we fully believe the more advanced ones of the sex we are within a reasonable distance of the day when the petticoat and skirt will be abolished in favour of the knickerbocker, at least when taking exercise, the manner in which girls were trained for their after positions in life at fashionable finishing schools forty years, or rather less, ago, will, says “Hearth and Home,” surely prove interesting reading, though, perhaps, almost incredible.

Not long ago, among a number of old books, the writer came across a diary of school-girl life from which extracts have been made showing how the girls are turned out in one (the conventional) mould without regard for differences of either disposition or temperament. Nothing could be plainer than the entries of the diary itself; and in the light of modern feminine development it becomes a valuable, if a frivolous, “human document.” Let it speak for itself.

“August 15, 1858. — I am fifteen years of age to-day, and I haven't a lover. Margery has two, she tells me, but then she has such a very, very tiny waist— l can easily span it— and Mary tells me, when I say my new stays pinch me, that young ladies ought not to mind how much they are pinched in, because if they intend to make a good marriage they must have a jimp, small waist. Perhaps it is Margery's waist has got her a lover, for she is not sixteen quite.”

“September 27 (same year)— At last I am at school. I have been here three days; how long they have seemed away from little Bob, mother, and Kathleen. What a wasp-waisted lot we are, all except myself and the one or two other new girls; but we have all been measured, and when Mrs. B— sends out her stays from Brighton I suppose we shall be pulled in like the rest, and be laced up till we can scarcely breathe. What the girls hate (and what I shall hate, too) is never being allowed to loosen, except for the bath on Saturdays. And then, I have never worn stays at night. Last night I could hear Madge T— groaning in her sleep; she said she hardly slept at all, her new stays cut her so horribly. She has been here more than two years, and Mrs. M— says she has a lovely little waist— it is only 15 inches — and that though Madge could scarcely walk or breathe sometimes, she will have a perfect figure when she leaves at Christmas. Madge told me all about poor Sarah W—, who used to faint, and whose mother fetched her away. But Mrs. M— doesn't allow it to be talked about.”

“September 30. — Margery is in disgrace. Mlle. V—  found a note she had dropped from Harry. Madame M— is very angry at the very idea of a lover, although, after all, she is always telling us girls, if we complain of our stays pinching us, or that Marie or Mademoiselle hurt us when they rub our chests to make us develop, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, that we must have good figures and small waists, so that we can make good marriages. Madge tells me that Violet S— and some of the other girls in her room— the bigger ones, of course — wear poultices very often at night to make them plump.”

“November 7. — This morning was ‘corset parade,’ as we girls call it. Madame, before we put on skirt and bodice, came round with the measurement book in her hand accompanied by Mademoiselle, tape in hand. Martha W— got into rare trouble; she had been faint in the night and obliged to loosen. She did not lace up again quite as small as she should have, hence Madame's anger. Amy T— was much commended, though she was white as death till she put on rouge, because she was only fifteen inches. How she panted and gasped while Margery and I laced her in. I am always a good girl, Madame says, though I don't pull myself in till I'm almost strangled, but content myself with seventeen inches — which, alas, Madame says must be sixteen by Christmas. I often laugh and say we girls are entered up like pieces of furniture, or something of that sort. Madame always reads out each entry from the book as each of us are ‘paraded.’ Mine was ‘Figure satisfactory, waist ditto; to be reduced to sixteen by December 18th; bust improved, but to be frictioned three times a week with linseed oil. Two pairs of new stays to be ordered from Madame B made extra stiff.’ Heigh-ho wee me, and I suppose I shall be a little more uncomfortable than before.”

Then a year after comes the following entry: — “How delightful to be home for good. Nurse is charmed with my figure, and says she is sure Captain W— admires it. He was watching me all across the lawn to-day while they were playing croquet. I can scarcely eat anything when laced in like I am, but she says girls don't want to eat much, and mother [says] that many women ruin their figures by eating.”

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 Apr
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Pretties, from Peter Leth

 

Miss May O. points out some nice links:

Video - 2015 Grand Corset Ball & Antique Corset Museum     Another

Full video - Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill
1975 TV series with Lee Remick     LISA stillclip page

Video - BBC One Show Unmentionables

Video - Pandora Gorey and her Corsets

 

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Buds

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Stephen K.:

Two more Victorian actresses

This is the fourth installment, begun here on 25 Mar,
of what were known as 'cigarette cards'

(R) Annie Somerville             More in this area

 

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Many of our followers remember KathTea Katastropy, our Pinup from a few years ago.

Now she is back with new pictures.

WELCOME HER!

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Stephen K.:

A more couple of Victorian Royalty:

(L) Marie Louise of Baden

(R) Princess Hilda of Baden, serving

 

 

Peter Leth provides this interesting
latex mermaid kitten

 

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Roger K. points out a little trick that woman have been using for years - but it is worth a posting:

Longline bras can be used to smooth over “muffin tops” (flesh bulging above the top of a corset). That was their original purpose—to smooth over the bulge above the top of girdles, especially on women with soft flesh. They weren’t shown in girdle ads, because they would have distracted the viewer from the product being sold, but their likely supplementary presence was “understood” by all. That understanding no longer exists. Corseted Kids today are probably 99% ignorant of this potential muffin modulator, and even of longlines’ very existence. 

What’s needed to get corsetees up to speed (and happier with their corsets) are: 1) YouTube-based instructional videos featuring them, and 2) written testimonials by corsetieres and/or longline-wearing corsetees.

 


From Wilde Hunt Corsetry

Pyrrha Nikos Cosplay Corset


Marion McNealy:

"I have recently launched a kick starter to fund the publication of a book of corset patterns,
and I thought that your readers might be interested in it."

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17

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Stephen K.:

A couple of Victorian Royalty:

(L) Princess Louise of Denmark

(R) Lovisa of Denmark, nee Sweden

 

An interesting costume from Peter Leth

 

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17

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Stephen  K.:

This is one stunning picture of Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria

So well-proportioned!

More of her here


Charles S.:

"I’ve now managed to locate a copy of the letter from 'One Ruled by the Lace' which was referred to on 29 March. It is actually reproduced in another work by Peter Farrer entitled 'Men in Petticoats: a selection of letters from Victorian newspapers.' It is too long to quote in full, but briefly it was written by a man who claimed that his wife (who herself had undergone very strict figure training as a girl) forced him to wear a corset and to tight-lace to a 19-inch waist every day. She sometimes also made him wear women’s clothes while she dressed as a man. Any resistance on his part was punished by being laced into a ‘punishment’ corset with a 17½-inch waist for up to two days."


 

Miss Mary O.:

Feminine corsets for men

...and some other links from her:   #1    #2 (Should be taken with a grain of salt) 

#3 (This one, from The First Traveling Saleslady - 1956 - has been on the film page for some time now, but it IS worth reposting)
 

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Victorian corset interest on English TV, from Miss Mary O.


 

For our Gallery 57, Harald Wirth sends these:

(L) Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall 2009 -
possibly metal/acryl  

(R) Fairytas

 

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