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Old 06-24-2007, 07:04 PM   #1
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Quigley, Dorothy: 'What Dress Makes of Us (1897), v.1, 24 June 2007

An oddity I found while PG-surfing. Added Toc. Loads of pictures.

Fashion advice from 1897, for women and a chapter for men, especially on what not to wear. Makes one glad to live in 2007.
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:22 AM   #2
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So how tight do the corsets for woman have to be?
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JSWolf, if you are really interested (...), there is an in-depth Wikipedia entry on corsets. Excerpt:

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By wearing a tightly-laced corset for extended periods, known as tightlacing, men and women can learn to tolerate extreme waist constriction and eventually reduce their natural waist size. Tightlacers usually aim for 40 to 43 centimeter (16 to 17 inch) waists. Until 1998, the Guinness Book of World Records listed Ethel Granger as having the smallest waist on record at 13". After 1998, the category changed to "smallest waist on a living person" and Cathie Jung took the title with a 15" waist. Other women, such as Polaire, also have achieved such reductions.

These are extreme cases, however. Corsets were and are still usually designed for support, with freedom of body movement an important consideration in their design. Present day corset-wearers usually tighten the corset just enough to reduce their waists by 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches); it is very difficult for a slender woman to achieve as much as 15 centimeters (6 inches), although larger women can do so more easily.
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Interesting! You might want to look at Sartor Resartus, by Thomas Carlyle

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An oddity I found while PG-surfing. Added Toc. Loads of pictures.

Fashion advice from 1897, for women and a chapter for men, especially on what not to wear. Makes one glad to live in 2007.
Thank you for this title!

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