Corsets over time


I am looking into how Corsets are very gender specific. Corsets have changed dramatically over time, being used for different things and being shown in a much more sexual context.

The main use of a corset is to pull in the woman’s waist and show off the always desired hour glass figure.  Fashion is always seen as something you do to make you look better, to show off or hide the parts of you that you like or dislike. People focus on their bodies a lot more in todays generation due to celebrities and the media in magazines, making alot of young girls and women wanting plastic surgery. We have a really destroyed view on how the human body can look and most isn’t possible as it is actually the work of photoshop not the person itself.

The corset became popular in the 16th century reaching its peach of popularity in the victorian era. The earliest image of a corset goes all the way back to 2000 BC. in 1840’s corsets were separate pieces overlocked together and gave roundness to the breasts and shaped the hips. Wood or steel was in the front of the corset to give structure and kept its shape. The materials were much more unattractive as they were just to be worn under clothes and were just very practical to pull your waist in. Now they are seen in a very sexual way with shops such as Ann Summers adapting them in different ways. They have also been made to be more comfy.

Corsets even though mainly for women can be used for other things too, in medical reasons men and women can wear an adapted version for a back support. Back in time some men also wore corsets this photo “the Perfect Gentleman” from 1959 has inspired many other men to consider waist training. (wearing a corset until you waist creates the shape.)

WilliamClark GentlemanW

Today corsets are worn mainly by woman but can be used for different reasons, sexual, fashionable and health and can be worn under or over clothes.

R&WH Symington







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