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What is a corset?

The corset has been part of female undergarments for a long time now; it has a long tradition. It has been worn since the 15th century; and it is still worn today, although not by many women. The corset's great period was around the turn of the century, during the so-called 'Belle Epoque', about 100 years ago. Fifty years ago it was a very fashionable garment, as well.

Corsets are usually made of firm materials (such as satin, brocade or cotton) and embrace the torso from the hips up to the bosom. Wrinkles in the material are prevented by flexible busks. A robust front clasp makes it possible to put the corset on and pull it off fast. The lacing is at the back; it functions just like the lacing of shoes or boots.


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