Corsets have long been a symbol of female oppression (this is about as feminist as I get on this blog so bear with me). But are they really that different than the hell we put ourselves through today to look good?
“The corset was associated with high status and with respectability, indicating you’re not loose,” said Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “Also, it enhances the sexually dimorphic curves of the female body. It acts like a proto-Wonderbra and also emphasizes the waist-hip differential, which makes you look younger, slimmer, and curvier-which is still what everybody wants. But now women get on a StairMaster or get plastic surgery instead of putting on a corset.”
Interesting huh? I argue that yesterday’s corsets are today’s Louboutins — gorgeous but the pain sort of makes you want to commit a crime. What say you?