Corsets have been an integral part of women’s fashion for many centuries, and as the fashions have changed, the shape and construction of the corset has also changed. Aside from providing support and sometimes completely altering a woman’s body, the corset is one of the most fashionable and decorative undergarments.
Apart from being such a long lasting staple of women’s fashion, “the corset is probably the most controversial garment in the entire history of fashion” (Steele, 1). My presentation will focus on the construction and history of two distinctly different corset periods, the Civil War Era and the 1950’s – 80’s. It will show the steps that go into creating each corset, as well as providing explanations rooted in history behind the construction.
The goal of this presentation is to shed light on the controversial nature of this part of women’s clothing history and to examine the complicated process of constructing a corset.
Olivia Cotton, ’13
Iowa City, IA
Sponsor: Jenny Kelchen