Posted by P. Bingham on February 27, 1998 at 18:40:15:
In response to Actually, quite likely, written by Jessamyn on February 27, 1998 at 16:17:23
Regarding that Laurence Olivier version of P&P, I remember now that it was a Victorian versian, sorry about that. I remembered that it was noticeably different from Jane Austen's book, including the costumes. I don't know why I was thinking it was before the Regency!
Also, I've seen these corsets too, many times, which tend to confuse the issue for me! As every source I've ever read has adamently contended that the corset was available but not in fashion. I recall these short versions of the corset as well and perhaps these historians do not count them as corsets or perhaps they over-looked them. Also, there were primitive (well, not exactly primitive, Grecian-looking?) bras as well, and those seemed to be fashionable, and they too would have produced good posture, as far as the shoulders are concerned, I would think.
I've read references of gown-wetting in England as well, specific references from a witness (well, of at least one young lady, although, if I recall she might have been a French woman in England). I can't remember where but if I can find it I'll share it. I did not mean to insinuate that
this was a common thing. The witness, I believe, was shocked.
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