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Corset, 1894. American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Edwin Sturtevant Steese, 1957 (C.I.57.51.1)

Corset, 1894. American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Edwin Sturtevant Steese, 1957 (C.I.57.51.1)

1877 back - miniature bust, probably part of a sample with an unusual front lacing (motherhood '?). Height about 18 cm in front of the center. ___ Inside and 'imprint' Pretty's Patent Adjustable " ____ (translated from Italian by Google)

1877 back - miniature bust, probably part of a sample with an unusual front lacing (motherhood '?). Height about 18 cm in front of the center. ___ Inside and 'imprint' Pretty's Patent Adjustable " ____ (translated from Italian by Google)

1883 Red serge & leather cuirass-style spon-busk corset. Shapes bust, waist, hips & abdomen.  V & A Museum.

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1883 Red serge & leather cuirass-style spon-busk corset. Shapes bust, waist, hips & abdomen. V & A Museum.

1900-1905. A plain piece decorated at home? Just speculating of course. The busk cover and lace instantly appear to be add-ons, but when you look at the "exterior casings" they're just whipstitched down too. Let's daydream... perhaps a feature added on by a bride for her wedding trousseau?

1900-1905. A plain piece decorated at home? Just speculating of course. The busk cover and lace instantly appear to be add-ons, but when you look at the "exterior casings" they're just whipstitched down too. Let's daydream... perhaps a feature added on by a bride for her wedding trousseau?

Corset, 1890-95 England, the V Museum  Improvements in design, equipment and materials meant that corsets could mould the figure to suit the latest fashions. The straight busk on this corset creates a vertical line from bust to abdomen which complemented the less rounded, more angular silhouette of the 1890s. It was also supposed to relieve pressure on the internal organs while supporting the stomach.

Corset, 1890-95 England, the V Museum Improvements in design, equipment and materials meant that corsets could mould the figure to suit the latest fashions. The straight busk on this corset creates a vertical line from bust to abdomen which complemented the less rounded, more angular silhouette of the 1890s. It was also supposed to relieve pressure on the internal organs while supporting the stomach.

Corset 1890 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Corset 1890 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (OMG that dress!)

Wedding Corset: 1901, silk satin, silk ribbon.  "Worn by Elizabeth Hooker Cheney at her wedding on September 11, 1901."

Wedding Corset: 1901, silk satin, silk ribbon. "Worn by Elizabeth Hooker Cheney at her wedding on September 11, 1901."

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