Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on August 21, 1998 at 18:49:24:
In response to have I got the meaning off "stays" correct??????????????, written by Anna-Karin on August 21, 1998 at 06:39:46
] After what I have undrestand "stays" during the regency seems to have been
] an ancestor off the modern bra and trying to keep the bosom in order ;) and probably looking somewhat like a modern bra too
] Have I got it right or wrong???
"Stays" was just the word more commonly used in English before the mid-19th century; I prefer to use the word "Stays" when speaking of the Regency period, because the word "corset" has the wrong associations (it tends to bring to mind a stereotypical image of an 1890's model, or whatever). Yes, I think some of the Regency "short" stays more or less resembled a bra, but I'm not really sure quite how exact the resemblance was. You can look at the drawing of a Fench artist of 1881 here, or for a more contemporary illustration, follow the links to Jessamyn's page...
- Stays Anna-Karin 19:38:28 8/24/98 (0)
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