Facial Paint & Corsets
Posted by Lisa L. on August 21, 1998 at 19:31:42:
I just caught up on reading the posts from the past week, and wanted to add a couple of observations on the subjects of facial paints and corsets.
From Regency Etiquette (by a Lady of Distinction) written in 1811:
"We see, in eight women out of ten, the hips squeezed into a circumference little more than the waist; and the bosom shoved up to the chin, making a sort of fleshy shelf, disgusting to the beholders...
"...A corset or stay of dimity, or jean, or silk; reaching from the shoulders, down the waits, and over the hips, to the complete envelopment of the body.... This new fashioned coat-of-mail for the fair sex is so constructed as to compress and reduce to the shape desired the natural prominence of the female figure in a state of fruitfulness. Some women, who are bold enough to wear this Procrustean garb during every stage of their pregnancy, affirm that it preserves the shape without injury to their state of increase. However this may be with a few hardy individuals (I profess it)...very likely to produce bad effects both on the mother and the child. Support and confinement to an overstrained part are two different things; the one is beneficial, the other destructive.
My own observation is that I have had "costume people" tell me that a corset, able to be unlaced to allow for the expansion of the baby, is quite comfortable for the back, and is quite different from the above mentioned pregnant stay.
"A little vegetalbe rouge tinging the cheek of a delicate woman, who, from ill-health or an anxious mind, loses her roses, may be excusable.... A violently rouged woman is one of the most disgusting objects to the eye.... It is the lead which is the poison of white paint; and its mixture with the red would render that equally noxious.
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