For centuries, women have strived to appear more attractive and slimmer. It was for this purpose that the first corsets were invented, a kind of which is used to this day.
The earliest mentions of corsets date back to the era of the ancient Mesopotamia. These were primitive garments made of dense fabric or leather. Later, the trend continued in Ancient Greece and Rome. Moreover, in the ancient world, a magnificent bust was not particularly welcome. To achieve the desired shapes, beautiful matrons wrapped the body with strips of linen.
You may be surprised, but in Europe during the Middle Ages, corsets were not used at all to emphasize the curves of the female body. On the contrary, here, too, the bust was "squeezed" as much as possible so as not to stand out too much. With such a severity of morals, unmarried girls were allowed to wear a neckline to attract a potential spouse. Some dresses can be called risky, even in terms of modern fashion.
At the end of the 17th century, corsets reached their peak in popularity. the now complex designs of metal and wood plates were used to minimize the size of a woman's waist. Moreover, they began to tighten girls from an early age. It was not possible to put on the corset on your own; in order to properly tighten and fix the garment, an assistant or servant was required. Needless to say, all this practice led to bone deformation and displacement of internal organs. But what can't you do for the sake of beauty.
Later, corsets made of whalebone plates appeared. Such "pleasure" was not cheap, and not everyone could afford it. However, commoners found a more "budgetary" way out. A corsage made of dense fabric has become an obligatory piece of clothing for ordinary girls. It was worn over a shirt and tightened with a lace-up front.
For the splendor of the skirt, various designs and tricks were also used. Initially, these were figs, which are dense pleated fabric. Then crinolines appeared - designs of hoops of various diameters. In such "devices" the ladies found it very problematic not only to move, but even to sit.
Only at the beginning of the 20th century, women were finally able to “breathe freely”. It was during this period that the French fashion designer Paul Poiret first proposed dresses that could be worn without a corset. However, the corset did not disappear into oblivion. Until now, his "descendants" continue to exist in the form of parts of a stage costume or modern shaping underwear.
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