The history of corsets is a fascinating one. These uncomfortable undergarments created an unmistakable hourglass figure that women were often required to wear. The style in Victorian era was an age where femininity took precedence over mobility, and social status was far more important than comfort. However, there is more to the corset than meets the eye.
Here are 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About the History of Corsets:
Corsets Date Back to the 16th Century – or Earlier!
Corsets became truly relevant in the 16th century, when members of female nobility began wearing undergarments made of whale bones to enhance their shape. With that said, historians have found evidence that corset-like undergarments date back to as early as Ancient Greece.
The Modern Corset Came to Life in 1851
A woman named Roxey Ann Caplin is known as the “inventor” of the popular Victorian-style corset. A writer from England, Caplin was certainly not the first to create or manufacture a corset. She was, however, one of the first to use a lace-up design to slim the waist and push-up the bust. After exhibiting her designs in London, her unique corsets quickly set the standard for undergarments at that time.
Corsets Were A Status Symbol
Throughout history, wearing a tight corset was a way to display your social status. Because corsets greatly restricted mobility, they demonstrated that the wearer could afford servants to complete everyday tasks. Not only did they let everyone know where the wearer stood in society, they were also a testament to her moral standing. Corsets added a feminine appeal, but also showed that a “straight-laced” woman was morally respectable.
16” Wasn’t The Standard
While it’s been said that Victorian corsets were meant to reduce a woman’s waistline to a mere 16 inches, this is purely a myth. Most corsets were meant to create 18” – 32” waists when they were completely laced together. Even then, many women didn’t wear corsets completely laced, allowing for a couple more inches of breathing room.
Corsets Haven’t Disappeared
While traditional Victorian corsets went out of fashion in the mid-1900s, certain elements still remained relevant in undergarments of the 1940s and 1950s. Waist cinchers or girdles were a staple in the 1950s, keeping the tradition of corsets alive. Even now, figure smoothing undergarments often feature boning or stays, which are indicative of the lasting significance of the corset.
Thank you for sharing this seriously i dont have any idea about thia worth reading
Thank you for sharing this wonderful thought which so many people relaly not aware
Corset are part of modern life and are essentials for a lively relationship. They are good for gifting purpose and also give a positive wibes to your half
I hate it how even the clothes of women were associated with their respectability even back then
Really interesting n unconventional stuff. Didn’t know any of these. Thanks for sharing ?
Corsets are my favourite and one of the most elegant and sexy piece of clothing in wardrobe
Rightly said. Corsets have been seen ages and still are loved by women
Seriously the history behind corset !! So glad you shared this in such a great way
Wow! That was very insightful and i was amused reading these facts. Great post, please keep up the good work.
I have always been a fan of corsets as it shapes the body well and makes any outfit really stand out. Thank u for this detailed article
Wow there is so much in this world that we are not aware of..as in the history related to corset is intriguing. Loved reading this post for so many facts I genuinely was not aware of.
Corsets have ruled since ages and this was a perfect read catering to them. Thanks for sharing it.
This is one such piece of garment I always despised. Though it makes lady look perfectly shaped and beautiful but it is not at all healthy to wear as it smothers body to carve.
Thats an interesting piece of information on corsets. Although I am not a big fan, but its always great to know about everything.
So many infos about Corsets ! After reading this one, I think I should order one for me!! 🙂
I only knew that corset gives shape to ur body, rest was new for me
That was a lot of information regarding corsets… Had no idea they were related to status and nobility!
This is so interesting.. i didnt realise that it was also a symbol of social standing and thank god that 16 inch waist is just a myth! haha!
I had no idea that corsets were symbols of social status – how odd and uncomfortable!
and thank god that 16 inch is just a myth! haha!!
That’s a informative post about corsets. I need to order one for me soon.
I always get fascinated by corsets. I recently saw Kim Kardashian wearing a corset under her dress for MET Gala. Her figure in that dress was to die for!
Thanks for your tips
i always found corsets sexy but i didn’t know the history in such detail thanks for sharing the post.
Here is another fun fact – It was fashionable for men to wear corsets too in the sixteenth century Europe espcially among the noblemen .
This is a piece in garment history. I honestly believed that corsets were worn just to show off thin waistlines and I always pitied the women as they couldn’t move around freely.
Wow… its full of information! I didn’t know much about Corsets. Thanks for sharing. I will buy one for myself.
It is a very informative post, but personally I feel corsets were repressive.
I love how sexy corsets look and the modern designs are quite interesting as well, but it’s really sad how uncomfortable they are to wear.
An interesting article nonetheless.
There are so many Interesting and funny stories revolving around corsets. This was a fun read too..
I have always adored corsets fashion. Thanks you explaining all types beautiful. Good Read
I wasn’t aware of such historical facts. This is a useful article to know about the things that we use. Thanks
Brilliant and informative post! I wasn’t aware that corsets were a status symbol! Its always wonderful to read an information-rich post like this. Thank you for writing this one. #MyFriendAlexa #MayuraReads
I’ve always seen corsets a piece of oppression. Why dictate how big a waistline should be! Nevertheless, interesting topic to write about 🙂