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Lingerie Corsets - Recent History
Over time, style of the
lingerie corset has changed. The corset became much lighter than previously, but was still considered essential, and in fact was believed to be necessary to support women who even worked in the factory.
The corsets themselves were somewhat lighter and benefited to some extent by the use of elastic material to support, as well as the more traditional cloth and steel supports. Suspenders also became an integral part of corset design to assist in holding up stockings, and instead of the solid shelf that had characterized the appearance of women's
breasts, the breasts became separated, in what was to become the forerunner of modern
Corsets were essential lingerie for well-groomed women and the product was marketed heavily by special corset promotion weeks in shops.
Women were encouraged to seek specialist advice in the fitting of their corsets and the trained corset fitter was to be found in almost every apartment store. Around this time frame, the corset was also to be considered as a girdle. At this time an alternative to the traditional back lacing corset came about. The corset had the hook fastening wrap around introduced. For the more traditional women front lacing style corsets were easier to put on by oneself were also introduced.
Around this time came about the “all in one” corset. This was almost tubular in construction, causing a flattening of the breasts and giving a boyish look that was demanded by the fashions of that day. These corsets were heavily boned with spiral steel and often consisted of a corset or corselette with a controlling underbelt.
Corsets were fairly expensive garments in the day. There are few corset companies that are still around today that once existed. The corset was heavily promoted as being essential to fashion, and many companies promoted their products in the national press. Corset weeks were also popular, with manufacturers promoting their products in shops, and providing advice on the fitting and wearing of their corsets.
With all of the corset advertising, the corset was a very personal article of clothing, and marketing was mainly geared towards the wearer and the strictly functional aspects of the corset. The corsets were heavy, unfeminine garments, so women often kept them on a special stool at the end of their beds when not being worn. The corsets were covered up so that their husbands would not see them.
Such corsets had little to do with eroticism, and in fact women at that time did not wear attractive underwear or lingerie. The corset was worn over
panties and a slip, and so produced a fussy, unsmooth appearance with the slip coming out of the bottom of the corset.
Unlike bras or the
bustier, corsets could not be worn next to the skin because it was too uncomfortable, and owing to the heavy materials used the corset was difficult to wash. Thus the corset was kept clean by not being in direct contact with the skin.