The 1881 perspective on Regency underthings...
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on June 18, 1998 at 12:37:13:
In response to Wearing of corsets, written by Sue on June 14, 1998 at 10:30:13
Here's an interesting alternative historical perspective: In 1881, corsets (such as worn by the lady at lower right) were taken for granted as everyday items, while the bra (worn by the Regency woman at upper left) was a curious exotic obsolete historical artifact which had to be explained:
Caption: ``LE CORSET EMPIRE. -- Cela peut-il s'appeler un corset? C'était plutôt un «appui». Deux petites poches de satin blanc, réunies et maintenues par un ruban. Le satin, très-mince, afin de soutenir les accidents de terrain; ce corset-là n'était ni encombrant, ni trompeur, et s'enlevait en un tour de main.'' (La Vie Parisienne, 1881)
- What a lovely description! Caroline 17:02:19 6/26/98 (3)
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