The corset controversy concerns supporters' and detractors' arguments for and against wearing a corset. The controversy was contemporary with the time that corsets were popular in society. Corsets, variously called a pair of bodys or stays , were worn by European women from the late 16th century onward, changing their form as fashions changed. In spite of radical change to fashion geographically and temporally, the corset or some derivative beneath an outer gown would shape the body or provide structure. There were brief periods in which corsetry was not part of mainstream fashion. In the s, there was an abrupt change to fashion as the Empire silhouette became fashionable.
Their colorful puffy coats conceal the latest phenomenon to hit high schools across the country. Fast-forward to the age of Instagram. Christina started sporting a waist trainer last year after Kim Kardashian snapped a selfie wearing one and shared it with her millions of followers. The belly-cinching bandwagon quickly picked up steam with Insta- endorsements from all three Kardashian sisters, as well as Kylie Jenner and other stars. Although many waist-trainer manu- facturers insist that the product is safe when the proper size is worn, some doctors paint a different picture about the trend. View on Instagram.
I am a product of the last corseting period and can speak from experience. I had my first real corsets at ten years of age and was thereafter carefully trained. I was put into night corsets at fifteen and can truthfully say that from then till my marriage at 23, I was continually under the domination of the corset. Even after marriage I allowed myself very little relaxation in corseting but I was never tortured.
Ultra-long corsets do exist and we have a few examples in the collection. They are often referred to as 'discipline corsets' and the story goes that they were used to discipline or train teenage girls' figures. Personally, I believe that such practices, if they ever existed, have not done so since Victorian times. The beautifully constructed brocade corset left and satin corsets right - Axfords and have boning from armpit to knees.