Corsets and Crinolines
The first of Miss Waugh's important books on historic costume, "Corsets and Crinolines," set a new standard of accuracy and lively interest. Showing that the silhouette of women's dress has been in a state of continuous change, allied to economic and architectural evolution as well as changing ideas of sexual attractiveness, she itemizes three cycles in the last 400 years in which women's silhouette was blown up to the utmost limit, by artificial means, and then collapsed again to a long straight line. At these points and extremes were invariably considered absurdities and the corsets and hoops were discarded by their users, so that in actuality very few specimens from the earlier periods at least have come down to us.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - modlotus - LibraryThing
On the history: This is an excellent book for the history of the garment known as a corset. This book is filled with letters and writings of those who were for and against the wearing of the corset ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ithilwyn - LibraryThing
Lots of great information and enough patterns to cover just about every era I could want to recreate. Read full review