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Tight Lacing In The (Pre-) Victorian And Edwardian Era

Tight Lacing In The (Pre-) Victorian And Edwardian Era

‘There was one blushing damsel, just budding sixteen, whose waist by a corset ne’er encircled had been, but whose mother insisted that on such a night one should find a place there, and the lacing be tight.’ (How She Felt In Her First Corset, 1887)

Tight lacing often was frowned upon in the Victorian and Edwardian era. I’ve compiled articles from 1800 till the 1920s which regard tight lacing as a danger to health. They say that tight lacing would produce diseases from cancer to consumption (tuberculosis) to abortion and even death. Continue reading Tight Lacing In The (Pre-) Victorian And Edwardian Era

1860s Underwear – Dressing The Victorian Lady

1860s Underwear - Dressing The Victorian Lady

The invention of the steel cage crinoline changed the underwear of Victorian women. Since 1856, steel crinolines were sold. The cage crinoline soon replaced the many petticoats which were formerly necessary for the fashionable bell-shaped skirt silhouette. Now just one or two petticoats were needed apart from the crinoline. A crinoline is lighter, but more difficult to wear and sometimes it’s even dangerous. Continue reading 1860s Underwear – Dressing The Victorian Lady