Between fashion and feminism: the revival of the corset

The corset, that women an artificial hourglass figure, has throughout the years a not-so-positive connotations. How is it then that large fashion brands, with the feminist trend of today, the trend re-extraction without that weird surprised?

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‘You like pain? Try wearing a corset.’ Release of Keira Knightley’s acting performance in ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ (2003), this is a quote which many a woman standard had to giggle. Not that we have an idea of how such a tight corset feels, unless you are a goth period in the nineties, or a burlesque history behind the choose. However, because we are with visual images can only imagine how uncomfortable a constricted diaphragm and the compressed breasts are likely to feel.

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When the mother of Rose in ‘Titanic’ her corset is dichtsnoeren, we keep out of female solidarity together our breath, something that we previously learned from Judy Garland to a similar bedstijl in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’. It is therefore, if somewhat strange to judge that we are now without taking accept that the big fashion houses to us again in this shapewear underwear want to hoist by way of a contemporary statement. Therefore, let us be a light to shine on the history of the corset, and the way that it has to travel from his early years until now.

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Due to the permanent pressure on their diaphragm women had trouble breathing.

Although the corset is often attributed to the Victorian era of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there is this underwear much longer. Already in the middle of the sixteenth century fingering women to this tool to their waist and bosom to accentuate under their clothing. Women wore during the Renaissance and the Victorian era a corset often for the whole of their life, where their diaphragm was compressed by metal or whalebones and was constricted by tight-lacing in order to comply with the unnatural schoonheidstandaard. Due to the permanent pressure on their diaphragm had women not only difficulty breathing, but saw some of their own ribcage to constrict as a permanent effect of this pressure.

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Logically, not all women are set up with this standard, and they came in revolt against the unpleasant image. In 1904, the British Suffragists, in addition to the fight for voting rights for all women, a campaign against the underwear, which she barely could walk and the French women followed shortly afterwards their example. Help appeared in 1906 when the French designer Paul Poiret at the came up with its innovative silhouette, which was inspired by an eighteenth-century empire style where a corset was superfluous. By its dress and straight on the ground to drop and a band to add just under the bust, was an exaggerated narrow waist is no longer needed. Designer Madeleine Vionnet supported this new trend and resisted the corset with her famous bias-cut, where the fabric is loose and diagonally on the body falls, something that is very popular during the roaring twenties. Although you would think that women, thanks to this freedom, a sigh would breathe, they remained throughout the twentieth century, often to the corset inspiration.

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While the corset during the First world War, somewhere in a dark corner, and disappeared when women the work of men took over and in need of comfort and freedom of movement made in 1947, thanks to Diors New Look, with its narrow waist and full skirts, his first big comeback. Despite the fact that Diors corset is less painful than its predecessors, it was mainly the recalled image that for many women it is so painful. Women Diors New Look wore, were women who not had to work with – something that in this silhouette, by the way is absolutely impossible was – the women were at home who could stay and take care of their children. Diors fashionable image brought women literally back to the fireplace after them during the war, as much freedom had won. The corset was a symbol of the oppression of women and the inequality in the society.

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A second revival of the corrective underwear came in the eighties, when underwear if bovengoed worn. The British designer Vivienne Westwood sent in 1982 models down the catwalk in satin bras worn over sweaters and dresses, which at that time still sore with laughing. Westwood proved that they have the finger on the pulse and in 1990 set designer Jean Paul Gaultier Madonna on stage at her ‘Blond Ambition’ tour in a rose satin corset, complete with cone-shaped breasts.

Women around the world followed the singer her example, but too happy and showed their femininity and underwear during daily activities by a string to beep above a low-hanging jeans or a camisole with lace detail and spaghetti straps as a top to wear. The corset was no longer viewed as a symbol of inequality, but as that of female freedom. Women provoceerden by showing what previously invisible had to remain.

Mainstream fashion

It is so since the eighties that designers are trying to vrouwonvriendelijke underwear to re-integrate into the world of fashion. However, it was only with Miuccia Prada’s winter collection in 2016, that a designer has turned the historic corset to rework into a new and contemporary fashion by wide, constricted belts over jackets and evening gowns to commence. She titlethe collection, ” A history of women, are well aware that a corset is the clearest picture of women’s fashion through the years.


Since the eighties, designers aim to vrouwonvriendelijke underwear to re-integrate into the world of fashion.

Just like Westwood in the eighties, it was also a moment before the other fashion houses Prada’s example followed, but for the summer of 2017 dweepte just about anyone with the ultra-feminine silhouette. The American Tibi opted for an unstructured version of the corset over T-shirts and blouses, Gucci opted for wide belts just below the breasts, Dior’s feminist Maria Grazia Chiuri remained true to the delicate and translucent ondergoedstructuur and Anthony Vaccarello translated the look to the stylized leather blouses at Saint Laurent. The trend continued this time straight ahead to the high street chains such as Zara, Topshop, Asos and H&M where young girls make their waistlines for a bargain price can tie up and accentuate.

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Although fashion designers still try their best to make the corset as a stand-alone fashion item positioning, and not as a symbol of oppression, the problem lies largely in the fact that we have this specific underwear today, no longer need it as an essential part of a female wardrobe. Bra’s support, if necessary, the bosom, and a belt, your waist stress without distress to cause. The corset is so unnecessary, and purely to rely on his strength to a woman’s body to transform to an ideal image as a unique selling point. It emphasizes our cultural fixation with an ideal image that is guaranteed to be Instagram-likes will provide combined with your thigh gap. Something that is unfortunate when we are at the same time, so, promote a positive body image that every form is equivalent shine.


It is difficult to point to one consistent conclusion to come round wearing a corset.

It is difficult to point to one consistent conclusion to come round wearing a corset. On the one hand, we’ll grab back to the years of oppression and inequality of women’s rights, something that in times of ‘we should all be feminists’ almost hypocritical it sounds. On the other hand, we show just like Madonna in the nineties is exactly what we want as a woman. We will be celebrating our female form, how and when we want to, regardless of the negative history that is attach to that content. We have the laces tight, the control is in our own hands.

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