Gone with the Wind, But Corseted In
Posted by Linda Ann on October 31, 1997 at 19:39:08:
In response to "Proper behavior" & low-cut gowns, written by Claudia on October 26, 1997 at 02:47:32
] re: and yet those gowns are so low cut. Something is wrong with this picture. That it is "fashion" doesn't quite cut it with me. I'm not quite sure how to reconcile these two contrasting ideas.
Remember the part in "Gone with the Wind" where Mammy describes Scarlet's grandmother, who used to wet her slips so that they clung to her legs to show her shape? That goes well with a low cut bodice. And they (the good girls, not the wet slip girls) did take some effort to tuck in bits of lace to prevent over-exposure. A great cure for slouchy posture, too.
And, having worn a theatrical corset (boning and lacing) I can state that they (breasts) are securely in place, just elevated and jiggly giving the impression of overflow. It took days before my fellow male actors were comfortable around me in costume, and knew where to place their eyes. (And we were changing in the same room!) Such is the power of anatomy. But if everyone is overflowing, the power decreases.
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