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Corsets: A Modern Guide Hardcover – September 20, 2010
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Who continued to wear corsets and continued to make them after they fell out of popular fashion- the Victorian era which we most often think of when we think of corsets? Someone must have because the ways, means and materials continued to be manufactured after World War I, and credit can not be given to only Hollywood film costuming,Theatre and opera costuming and recreationists (such as Ren Faire and Civil War recreators.)
This book has less information about how the manufacturing and supplies were maintained, but is a good primer on the people, subcultures and icons who kept corsets alive after World War I. Proper credit is paid to Betty Page, Fakir Musafar, Mr. Pearl, Vivienne Westwood and Dita Von Teese. All of this points towards a more pop culture, edgy and well-known use of corsets in the last decades of the 1900's, epitomized by Madonna and the work done by Gaultier for her, and a little less about the secretive fetishizing of corsets by people after WW I... but not much less. The book is chockful of wonderful little bits of history. A brief paragraph about "The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine" of the late 1800's may spur you to further study about the women and men with a tighlacing obsession.Read more ›
It was a little repetitive, and I think a bit badly organized--the high fashion chapter should have been combined with the history chapter. It is an easy read; I read it in a day. It has some nice pictures, but there some things referenced should have had photos while several she included were unnecessary. (A photo of Sid and Nancy while referencing her dress, which was mostly cropped out of the photo?). She does include a high proportion of her own corsets in the beginning and end when discussing modern corsets, and at least two of the three interviews seemed like they largely discussed how they loved her corsets so much (one even said she was the only designer they'd worn for extended periods). It's not a big deal though.
It almost functions as a small coffee table book with its photos. It's not a great book for those who want a lot of information. For those who just want to skim the surface, this will hold your attention better than an in-depth corset history book.
There are some nice pictures, but the text is disconected and many times repetitive.
The author don't show enough knowledge about this subject and keep repeating herself over and over. I know she was a corsetiere, but making corsets doen't mean she knew their history accuratelly.
Anyway, I bought this book knowing this was not a handbook, but some historical review, but it's not. It's a bunch of texts disconected and repetitive and a bunch of nice pictures.
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If u feel like looking at pictures , and reading then go for it. No patterns , no advice on structure!! SO DISAppointed!!Published 5 months ago by Christine Van Arsdale