Skepticism and difference
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on November 16, 1997 at 18:40:07:
In response to 1883 Diary on Corseting, written by Linda Ann on November 14, 1997 at 18:30:13
] has translated sections of her French grandmother's diary from 1883 which give us vivid detail on being corseted to fashion standards.
] The stays of 1810 were looser (or worn looser) but there's a mind-set here which no doubt reflects the use and wearing of corsets in all eras.
Linda Ann -- I didn't really read this, because it got pretty weird pretty quickly -- which is why I'm slightly skeptical of its authenticity.
Anyway, the "stays" of 1810 weren't just worn looser, they were a basically different garment from the corset of 1883, designed to do different things. 1883 is around the time of maximum constriction of the waist; compare the drawing below to any Regency dress: --
(Caption: "Tailored brown cashmere serge costume with bustle; redrawn from 1886-7 fashion plate.")
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