Monday, September 24, 2018

Ladies Courageous

Seventeenth century corset.

They say that you have to suffer if you want to be beautiful although it is not a good thing if it is taken to the extreme. Back in time (a very long time ago) the options for choosing clothes were certainly very limited, so when something was a trend everyone was wearing it because it was what there was or because they really liked it (today you can choose your own style since you will always find something that fits your desires). So here I am wondering who would be the person who put the corset in women's lives and why.

Inquiring a little it seems that there is nobody with name and last name to who this garment can be attributed. It is said that the civilizations of Crete, Rome and Greece are considered the precedents in the use of the corset, but it is not until the Renaissance when it begins to become popular thanks to the Medici family. The idea was to get a perfect, feminine silhouette and so with time the corset was evolving and more complex structures were created. With the arrival of the Baroque (always ostentatious) the corsets are made by metal rods that narrow the waist even more, enhancing the hips and lifting the bust. The men began to make use of it too and the upper class boys and girls. Already in the eighteenth century, the corset was still the center of fashion, but contrary to what is thought was not used every day since it was not healthy, the oppression that exerted on the lungs could cause fainting when deprived of air (It was not a good plan to faint every five minutes, right?), so they used it for special events where the great ladies wore their most precious clothes. With the arrival of the French Revolution everything turns upside down and the Grand Corps disappear. They were difficult times that were reflected in each aspect of life. This does not last long and its use returns in 1820 and it is also popularized, it is accessible to every social class. It is throughout this century when our protagonist is enriched with lace, rhinestones ...; The waistline becomes even narrower, calling itself the "wasp-waisted”, giving a delicate appearance to the female silhouette.

Corset (1890).

Christian Dior's New Look collection

With the turn of the century, the corset begins to disappear from the closets of the women, and already the fashion throw off rigid and it is simplified in the 1920s (ah! Those crazy years!). Only Christian Dior (1905-1957) gets it back thanks to his collection "New Look" in 1947. But in this case the corsets were more elastic, and therefore more comfortable. Nowadays, this garment is practically gone, and only some daring women dare to wear it. And you? Would you wear it?

See you next week, vintage lovers!

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