1820-1840 ca. Hand-Embroidered Wedding Corset, Connecticut, USA. Ivory cotton covered with hand embroidery, including love birds on hearts, front pocket for busk, eyelets for back lacing.Continue reading →
1785-1790 ca. Pink Stays, or Corset. These pink stays, used in the Georgian Era, lace at the back. The straps cross over, wrap around the back, and then hook at the front waist to give extra support. The phalanges at the bottom are designed to spread over the hips and help hold the stays into position.
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Stays and Corsets through the Regency Years. The word ‘Corset’ comes from the French word ‘corps’ for body.
Through the centuries, body wraps, stays, and corsets created varied silhouettes, sometimes flattening breasts and accentuating rounded hips. Or, as in the Regency years, pushing up breasts and showing off bustlines beneath square-cut and low-cut necklines.