Victorian Corsets


Corset, 1876, American, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Known as the ‘Bon Ton’,
this corset was awarded the bronze medal at the Centennial Exposition. The fine embroidery representing
traditional motifs of oak leaves and wheat ears symbolize well-being and prosperity.

Your corset is your armour.
Lace it tightly.
Breathing is unimportant.
(E. Autumn)

1880s corset from Warsaw, Poland, by M Grochovska. Photographed by Jo (Bridges on the Body).


Corset of silk and metal by Maison Leoty, circa 1891. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gusseted 1870s corset

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