Waist cincher/slimming corset History


The slimming corset/Waist cincher has a long history, worn for a variety of purposes over the centuries.
Examples of our Waist slimming corset sets.
Our 30 day Esbelt waist cincher Diary.

Corsets have been in existance for centuries being traced back to Greek times. Most images of Waist cincher/slimming corsets come from the tight lacing  associated with the Victorian era, with the extreme images of women's torsos squeezed to fit the fashions of the times. Stories of the time of women fainting under ditting and waist size should not exceed a women's age are thankfully gone. How much of these stories are true is un-known, but from images of the time, the stories can't be far short.

The Edwardian era showed the first 'ultra hourglass figure' , the famous S shaped bend on the Gibson girls of the time, achieved by a tight corset with a very firm front, that forced the breasts up, and the hips back, pushing the spine into the famous S shape. This was all alot of hardwork and alot more uncomfortable than the Victorian era.

The corset took a step forward with the ribbon corset, made from pieces of ribbon rather than fabric. 1901, saw individual patterns for the corset come out with silk ribbon, two bones (prevents wrinkling of the corset fabric) and a busk (rigid element of a corset placed at the centre front.) Also, the pseudo-ribbon corset came around, which looks like a ribbon corset but  made from cloth instead of traditional ribbon.

Suspenders also became an integral part of corset design to assist in holding up stockings, and instead of the solid shelf that had characterised the appearance of women's breasts, the breasts became separated, in what was to become the forerunner of the modern brassiere.
In wartime, the corset was almost seen as essential to support the torso when working.

In the 20's and 30's, with the fashion for the boyish look,  the corset was required,  flattening the breasts and gaving tubular shape to the figure.

Women were encouraged to seek advice in the fitting of slimming corsets and the corset fitter was to be found in almost every apartment store.
The zip came in which made fastening easier, but was very heavy in construction. Tea rose or salmon pink being the normal colours.

The big steps in corset design came in 1947 from Dior to follow the fashion or promote their vision of wide shoulders being matched with very tiny waists and fully fitted skirts.
In his autobiography, Dior wrote: "I designed clothes for flower-like women, with rounded shoulders, full feminine busts, and hand-span waists above enormous spreading skirts".
However, these garments were still largely uncomfortable and post war, only available to the few.

From the 50's, 60's, 70's the girdle mostly ruled, but late 70's onwards, the girdle fell out of favour, with more elderly women being reputed to be wearing such garments. In this time, manufacturers re-named girdles with 'brighter' names, but it would be a few years before the benefits came back to light.

In the late 1980s, as the fashion became oriented towards emphasising the female form again, uplifting bras started to become popular again. Underwear as outerwear was promoted by such designers as Gaultier and Westwood to mirror the fashion of the time.
Madonna is credited with making support garments fashionable as outerwear, by appearing on stages and television in bullet bra's, controlling girdles and corsets.
Waist cinchers and Waspies from the 1980s are a type of wide, laced belts with elastic fabric and soft plastic stiffeners.

Now we have a variety of Waist cincher/slimming corset in many materials to fit any figure comfortably.

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