Today sexy women corsets are top among Goths, Steampunks, Cybergoths and Lolitas. Everyone knows that corsets are not a new thing, but did you know that the oldest corsets have been dated back to Crete around 1700 BC?
In the western culture, since the middle ages various types of corsets were a must for fine ladies. Girls were stuffed in their corsets since their pre-teens, and this was done daily until they got married in their later teens. In the 1800’s, the ideal waist circumference for a woman was 33 cm which equals to 13 inches. Men were also known to wear corsets to get a better posture and a lean figure.
In the early 1900s people became aware of the health issues that corsets were causing and during WW1 women were asked to quit buying corsets to free up metal for the production of armor. However, while quitting wearing the very tight corsets with metal parts, women still kept wearing body shaping underwear.
In the 1920’s the trend was to flatten the chest and to get a very slim –‘boyish’- figure. This didn’t last long as the hourglass shape was back in the 1930’s. Some women even went as far as getting some of their ribs removed to get a tiny waist. In the 1950’s brasseries that made breasts look bigger and waist smaller, became fashionable, with several superstars of the era like the beautiful actress Marilyn Monroe donning them.
In the late sixties and early seventies women started to see these uncomfortable garments as degrading and refused to wear them with feminists in the 1970s even burning their bras in public. Anybody who would wear these corsets were viewed as complete rebels!
Finally women were free to have their natural body shape. Tight corset was brought back by Jean Paul Gaultier in 1990 and presented to the big audience by the sexy star Madonna – who had already shocked people once by wearing a brasserie in public in the 1980s.
In the 1990s the corset was adopted by the rebellious tribe of Goths and later on other subcultures, and in the 2010s the production of bustiers and corsets has gotten bigger than ever!
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