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The corset : a cultural history

Author: Valerie Steele
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
1. Steel and Whalebone: Fashioning the Aristocratic Body 2. Art and Nature: Corset Controversies of the Nineteenth Century 3. Dressed to Kill: The Medical Consequences of Corsetry 4. Fashion and Fetishism: The Votaries of Tight-Lacing 5. The Satin Corset: An Erotic Iconography 6. The Hard Body: A Muscular Corset.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Steele
ISBN: 0300090714 9780300090710 0300099533 9780300099539
OCLC Number: 46822434
Description: vii, 199 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Steel and whalebone : fashioning the aristocratic body --
2. Art and nature : corset controversies of the nineteenth century --
3. Dressed to kill : the medical consequences of corsetry --
4. Fashion and fetishism : the votaries of tight-lacing --
5. The satin corset --
6. The hard body : a muscular corset.
Responsibility: Valerie Steele.


The corset is one of the most controversial garments in fashion history. This study explores why women continued to don steel and whalebone corsets for 400 years, and why they finally stopped. It  Read more...
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