Initially I had planned to write this post to announce that we now carry corset style dress forms  to meet the many requests we have had from museums and historical societies in need of a form to display vintage gowns.  Our corset forms are 34″ -21″ -38″

corset style dress form

In the process reading about the history of corsets in Wikipedia I discovered  that while corsets were most popular during the Victorian Era and later Edwardian Era, the earliest corset dates back to the 16th century!

1900 illustration contrasting the old Victorian corseted silhouette with the new Edwardian "S-bend" corseted silhouette

I guess I was surprised to discover the women have always subjected themselves to painful ways to transform their natural body shape to be more “attractive”. So the current obsession with Botox and plastic surgery is just a modern version of a corset.

Another corset factoid  from Wikipedia:

“Since the late 1980s, the corset has experienced periodic revivals, which have usually originated in haute couture and which have occasionally trickled through to mainstream fashion. These revivals focus on the corset as an item of outerwear rather than underwear. The strongest of these revivals was seen in the Autumn 2001 fashion collections and coincided with the release of the film Moulin Rouge!, the costumes for which featured many corsets as characteristic of the era. Another fashion movement which has renewed interest in the corset is the Steampunkculture, which utilizes late-Victorian fashion shapes in new ways.”

So whether you need a corset form to display vintage clothes or vintage-inspired clothes we have various styles available for your needs.




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10 years ago

What women have done for fashion is sometimes extreme. I can hardly imagine wearing a Corset. I am buying my clothes with more ease these days, there is no point in having a dress that feels better after I take it off!

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