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The History Of Corsetry


The desire to reduce the waist and exaggerate the body’s natural curves first appeared in Minoan times, around 1700BC and then re-emerged during the Renaissance period in the 16th Century, continuing through to the Victorian Era. During the 16th century the Queen of France , Catherine de Medici, brought the corset over with her from Florence and introduced it to Parisian society, and it soon became a staple worn by the British aristocracy.   It was the Victorian era that brought the hourglass figure into the forefront of fashion. Women went through extreme measures to achieve the ideal 16 inch waist. The...

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