- Hardcover: 159 pages
- Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc; 1 edition (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810940868
- ISBN-13: 978-0810940864
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 12.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,967,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Support and Seduction: A History of Corsets and Bras 1st Edition
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The illustrations from various sources are top notch and of excellent quality with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century advertising. Since support has changed according to fashion, the book naturally chronicles in detail the ebb and flow of various fads. Suddenly women fainting at the drop of a hat no longer seems an affectation after reading an account of a 23 year old woman who died shortly after a ball - the autopsy revealed her ribs that overlapped one another from years of corset use had finally pierced her vital organs! I did find Fontaine's text to occasionally be a little shallow, and was dismayed to see Tony Curtis refered to as the captain of a submarine in "Operation Petticoat" (it was Cary Grant). Whenever I find a small error like that I can't help but wonder what other errors I'm missing.
For the costumer, the social historian or anyone interested in women's issues, the book is a wonderful read.