Henri Fantin-Latour, White Cup And Saucer, 1864.
(not my photo and I’m sorry that I don’t have info on it, if you know please tell me and I’ll put it here)
I’ve saved this photo several times over the years but have only just come across it again. I think I may just have found a strucure that shows kind of what I’m wanting to do in the internal workings of my corset.This is also kind of what I mean by an adjustable waist tape, those straps at the side (and this would be the back of the corset) being adjustable so that if I need a lot of support at the back I can tighten the back pannel and loosened if I have to sit in a car or something. *lighbulb of inspiration* This design also solves my problem of wanting pannel #5 lacing placing rather than back or front lacing. *facepalms several times for not remembering this image*
Found it. :) It’s the back of a c.1902 beachwear corset, you can see the other side here on the Met Museum site.
Description from the page: “Since the 18th century, going to the seaside to experience the restorative effects of salt water and sea air was a common practice. During the 19th century, holidays at the beach were not only seen as beneficial to one’s health, but also as fun. Women who participated in these outings wore modest bathing dresses or bathing costumes that many times were not meant to actually swim in, but rather as a more comfortable alternative to the many-layered ensembles of the period. Therefore, a corset was often required, even while bathing, which, along with an increased participation of women in other sporting activities, led to a burst of inventiveness in corset shapes and types to accommodate every possible activity. This example of a bathing corset is lightly boned, fairly non-restrictive and made of wool, as were many bathing suits of the time.”
Beachwear…corset…? (Pardon my frothing at the mouth)
I’m still learning a lot about corsetry from a historical perspective, but I can’t help but see the possibilities of
A Delicate Storm by Jess Hendelman
Selfies of Historical Significance: Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanova, c. 1913.
“All we know is that, thanks to a new camera and an old impulse, a teenage girl was able to gaze into a mirror, look into her own eyes, and capture her image for posterity.” (via 1913: Duchess Anastasia Takes a Selfie - Megan Garber - The Atlantic)
sexual orientation: uncomfortably passionate about sweaters