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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785826718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785826712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the new Millenium, corsetry can no longer be relegated to the "historical garments" disciplines and academia. This book is one of the few I know of to discuss "modern" corsetry, which I would define as the purveying, wearing and making of corsets after they were no longer part of mainstream fashion. This point is most often by World War I depending on your geographic location.

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.
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Being such a small book, I didn't expect it to be in-depth, but it is not quite what I expected nonetheless. It is called "A Modern Guide," but only the last chapter seemed to be that, and it was very slim--about 5 pages of information as a modern guide (wearing, fitting, lacing, etc), plus three sort-of interviews about the women's general views on different aspects of corsets. The rest is a couple chapters is a short history of corsets (which should have been a little more in depth at least with descriptions of certain terms like "farthingales" and "panniers" for those who don't know what they are) and designers of the 20th-21st centuries (which considering the lack of information about certain necessary things had rather extended biographies of the designers). It doesn't just stick to corsets but all corset influences and relations--girdles, the overall fetish and burlesque scenes, as well as body modification in different cultures.

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.
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The title is misleading - it's not a modern girls guide to corsets but another history on the corset with some modern corset photos thrown in. Was looking forward to reading about wearing corsets in modern days. The writer is a bit self amused. In general a pretty picture book and a light read.
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This book is way smaller than I expected. Something between 6" by 6". And thin too.
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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While the photos are very nice, the book concentrates mainly on modern fashion corsets with a brief history of corsetry. No construction techniques or patterns are included.
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