The Corset and the Crinoline: An Illustrated History|
by W. B. Lord
Ever since Eve's first blush, clothes have girded, graced and transformed the female physique. Fascinating and insightful, The Corset and the Crinoline is an illustrated history of clothing's attendant underpinnings—especially those that whittled the female waist to its most slender proportions. Reproduced from a rare 1868 fashion publication, each page reveals how the use of wood, whalebone, steel, hoops, and tight laces had a gripping influence on shaping the figures of women from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Vienna.
Enlivened by excerpts from authentic letters, magazine articles, and satiric poems, over fifty exquisite black-and-white engravings highlight the wardrobes—and what was worn underneath them—of a Persian dancing girl, an ancient Egyptian woman, a Roman lady of high rank, Queen Elizabeth, Marie de Medici, a woman of the French revolutionary period, and many more. Costume designers, artists, and anyone interested in the history of fashion will be captivated!
Table of Contents for The Corset and the Crinoline: An Illustrated History
|The Corset--Origin; use amongst savage tribes and ancient people|
|The Corset according to Homer, Terentius. The Strophium of Rome, and the Mitra of Greece|
|Frankish Fashions. The Monks and the Corset. Corsets worn by Gentlemen as well as Ladies in the Thirteenth century|
|Bonnets. Headdresses. Costumes in the time of Francis I|
|Louise de Lorraine. Marie de Medici. Distended Skirts. Hair Powder|
|Louis XV. À la Watteau. Barbers. Fashions under Queen Anne|
|Stays or Corset. Louis XVI. Dress in 1776. Severe Lacing. Hogarth. French Revolution|
|The austrian Empress. Viennese Waists. London small-sized Corsets|
|No elegance without the Corset. Fashion of 1865. Short Waist and Train of 1867. Tight Corset and Short waist|
|Front-fastening Stays. Thomson's Corset. Stability of front-fastening Corset|