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“With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less
than to transform the world with Beauty.
If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one
small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I
love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed,
and blessed, and the work goes on.”
— William Morris
visitors have found success in placing an ad in our
where you can, for example,
look for a partner or someone to share with, sell
corsets and corset-related items, or ask for trades!
"Wonder Woman" is
most certainly corseted!
Some Hollywood celebrity
"The columnist Virginia Postrel
was interested in the waist measurements of the costumes from
Debbie Reynolds' collection, which went on sale with great
publicity a couple of years ago.
The information is
With the help of her famous corset, Judy Garland achieved 22" in
Meet Me In St Louis, but Elizabeth Taylor was laced down
to 19½" for
Raintree County and
Beau Brummell, and for Drums Along The Mohawk,
Claudette Colbert reached the legendary 18". It is a shame none
of Vivien Leigh's costumes from
Gone with the Wind were
us to compare her measurements with those of the literary
is about a picture I found on eBay. Bath, despite its
silly name, is an extremely fashionable and beautiful
spa town in Western England. Seymour Street, where it
was taken, is not in the heart of the exclusive area,
but the lady depicted was probably well into the upper
half of late-Victorian society. With her short sleeved
gown, flowers in her hair, triple-stranded pearl choker
and fan, I suspect she is posing in an evening or ball
gown - and naturally a fashionable lady in those days
began dressing in her best by being laced into her best
"Not really a
corset story, but it does give an insight into the
It has a picture of Queen Alexandra, as it talks
about how people
followed her fashion."
Stringent Quality Leather
those who want to put a little pressure in their lives
(or their slaves')!
currently reading the novel 'Half Broke Horses', a
memoir about life in the Texas Panhandle at the turn
of the century; [it] was written by the author's
grandmother. In reading the novel, I came across
this rather intriguing passage:
Even though we lived four
miles from Toyah and days would go by without
seeing anyone outside the family, Mom worked
very hard at being a lady. She was dainty, only
four and a half feet tall, and her feet were so
small she had to wear button-up boots made for
girls. To keep her hands elegantly white, she
rubbed them with pastes made from honey, lemon
juice and borax.
She wore tight corsets to
give her a teeny waist - I helped her lace them
up - but they had the effect of causing her to
faint. Mom called it the vapors and said it was
a sign of her high breeding and delicate nature.
I thought it was a sign that the corset made it
hard to breathe. Whenever she'd keel over, I'd
have to revive here with smelling salts, which
she kept in a crystal bottle tied around her
neck with a pink ribbon.
"This passage got my imagination going, so I'm
guessing she may have looked like [this] photo taken
of from a play which takes place during the same
time period. The actress is Mary Louise Parker."
As far as I can make out, the text on the back
identifies the subjects as Dr. and Señora Morelle of
Casanova. Señorita Morelle at the back is
extraordinarily tightly laced - one of the most extreme
hourglass figures I have ever seen from the 19th
Marie: "This is the
Danish Royal family. King Christian IX had his children and
grandchildren visit him every summer and the video is from one
of these visits.
Among his children were Alexandra of Wales and Empress Maria of
Russia. Both seen in the video. They are the ladies standing on
the stairs arm in arm."
Valery: "This is the Russian imperial
family of the Romanovs. The lady with a small waist in the
center of the photo is the Empress Alexandra, wife of Emperor
Nicholas II, and the
Emperor himself probably made(?) this film. Since it is known
that he was a amateur of photographic and film. Determine the
date of these events as well as other people I could not,
but most likely it before World War I, maybe 1910-1913."
Mike H.: "They are both right,
Alexandra of England was sister of Empress Maria (Dagmar)
of Russia and both Danish; they use to meet at Danish royal
summer retreat and bring their families with them; Kaiser
Wilhelm also visited. The date is in the 1890's from the
dress. There was a program on UK TV last year showing the
interaction between Europe's royal houses in the lead up to
Belle of Vienna
20th century fetish publications such as London Life
and Bizarre give the impression that Austria was
a particular centre for tight-lacing. Whether this was
true or not I don't know, but I have
found on eBay
a picture of a delightful young lady dressed in
the height of 1890s fashion with a splendidly corseted
figure. Kohlmarkt 5, where the picture was taken, is
nowadays in the middle of an expensive shopping district
- there is a Chanel outlet round the corner - so I
imagine this is a young society belle who can dress -
and tight-lace - with money and practicality no object."
part-time at a beauty academy near Rennes
(France) . One of my students has
prepared a long essay on the subject of
Lina Cavaliéri, who was described as the most
beautiful woman on the worldwide opera stage
from 1899 to about 1920.
famous for her performances with Enrico
Caruso and the NY Metropolitan Opera. She sang
1909-10 season with Oscar Hammerstein 's
Manhattan Opera Company.
"Here is an
image from the essay, copied with the permission of
my student. Miss Cavalieri seems to be wearing
a corset from about 1905 with the straight-front
style. She sang on stage corseted like this, which
some of the confusions over tightlacing and
1874-1944, married four times and had numerous
romantic affairs during her life. She published
book, 'My Secrets of Beauty' in 1914, on her
40th birthday. She was killed by Allied
bombing at her house in Florence in February
1944, and was buried in her best clothes,
complete with her corset.
"That hurts me, since a beautiful 70-year old
lady should not be [on the receiving end] of
In her autobiography Period Piece, Gwen Raverat
says of the fashionable ladies of the 1890s, "Their
bodices were always made too tight, and their dresses
wrinkled laterally from the strain." I imagine
that to the fashionable lady this was necessary to make
the most of the figure she had spent so much effort in
cultivating. Certainly the subject of this portrait has
worked hard on corseting herself into the fashionable
figure, and it would be a shame if she didn't show off
what she has achieved."
collage from Jean L. From La
Vie Parisienne, reprinted in that excellent book,The
Corset: A Cultural History, by Valerie Steele
Steele also produced what resembles a quick digest of this book a chapter in the book
The Ideal Woman,
and this essay on corsets with illustrations can be previewed on Google Books
Don't know the occasion, but we sure wish we had been
Her waist is source of amazement...
corsets from 'Societe Des Etablissements
Farcy Et Oppenheim' (the Era experts on tight corsets)
had two parts, one from the chest to the thighs and one
part from the arms to the hip.
"A corset in two parts gives a waist diminution, because
the overlap between the two halves will be less when
the two halves is tightened at the waist. The two halves
allowed women to bend forward at the waist."
Jörge provides this
the laces on her maroon latex corset
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We keep updates for up to six months,
after which we merge the individual entries into
the appropriate areas of the site. Very rarely is anything discarded.
The following package will save you
approximately $40. from if you purchased each item separately:
You receive one
underbust hourglass corset (32" or
under, corsetted), one
and one package of three
(sizes A thru E only,
non-plush material), all for $575. (outside the US $585.) Each
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