How the corset turned into a girdle… 1900 – 1919

Interesting chart I found online showing the shape changes 1900 – 1919 and how the corset became a girdle:corset-1900-1905-bridges-on-the-body


About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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4 Responses to How the corset turned into a girdle… 1900 – 1919

  1. Lucy says:

    Thank you very much for posting this! I write historical fiction, and this is the kind of thing I like to mark for future reference.

    • Jonathan says:

      And the correct historical details are important for those who know! There are egregious historical errors in films and books that distract from an otherwise enjoyable story!

  2. nancy N says:

    Thanks, this is invaluable! I always used to howl at those 1950s westerns with the virtuous lady travelers in bullet pointed corsets and June Allyson bangs…
    Nancy N

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