The Bathing Corset: 1887-1897

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

A beach corset http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/158023?rpp=30&pg=1&ft=bathing&pos=3 A beach corset c. 1902 http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/158023?rpp=30&pg=1&ft=bathing&pos=3

 BATH CORSETS

New York, Aug. 21. Seashore millinery art has so far advanced that not only do bathing dresses cost as much as many a woman’s whole outfit, but special water-proof corsets are made and sold at such prices that it would take a sewing girl’s week’s wages to buy a single pair. The old loose flannel bathing dress was so awkward and hideous that no one thought of wearing of a corset with it. It was beyond beautifying. With the coming of pretty and neat bathing dresses that fitted the figure like a tailor made jacket, women began to see the need of something to make their waists and busts as shapely in the water as on shore. Modern bathing does not consist so much of actual contact with and immersion in the water as posing and fascinating on the sands. To do this…

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