|Double panier 1775-1780.|
Curator Constance Guisset, rips away the outer garments and tosses up the petticoats to reveal the mechanisms used to constrain women’s bodies, whittle waists into asphyxiating hourglass extremes, uplift breasts, exaggerate buttocks, and widen hips and stomachs. All of these structures, composed of whalebone hoops, lacing, hinges, straps, springs, poufs, cushions and elasticized fabrics and concealed beneath the undergarments, come out of hiding and take center stage in the museum’s fashion space.
|"Butterfly" bustle cage. About 1872|
|Dolce Gabbana corset Summer 2007.|
|Corset, about 1860|
Photos for this post: © Patricia Canino courtesy of Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.
|Whalebone corset 1770-80. Musee Cluny|
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