Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras

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This lighthearted book, loaded with historical facts, anecdotes, and images ranging from the hilarious to the sublime, recounts the often surprising history of the many types of garments Western women have worn for support - and seduction. An assemblage of elegant and amusing fashion illustrations, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs reveals the changing shapes of beauty through time. Tightly laced Victorians, Roman athletes, Rubenesque beauties, Mae West, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, and Madonna ...
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This lighthearted book, loaded with historical facts, anecdotes, and images ranging from the hilarious to the sublime, recounts the often surprising history of the many types of garments Western women have worn for support - and seduction. An assemblage of elegant and amusing fashion illustrations, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs reveals the changing shapes of beauty through time. Tightly laced Victorians, Roman athletes, Rubenesque beauties, Mae West, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, and Madonna are all pictured, along with advertisements for every kind of garment imaginable. Far from frivolous, this history of bras and corsets is really the story of women's - and their bodies' - emancipation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810982086
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1901
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 12.37 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Bras of Antiquity 9
Medieval Breasts, Small and Molded 17
Out of the Blue, the Breast of Agnes Sorel 23
From Stiffness to Virtue 29
Bare Breasts of the Revolution 37
The Triumph of the Corset 47
The Foundations of Controversy 61
Dog Days of the Fin de Siecle 79
The Great War Against the Corset 91
Advances in Technology 103
Breasts like Missile Silos 117
Foundation Garments for the Young Miss 127
The Big Bang of Large Cups 141
Epilogue 156
Selected Bibliography 159
Photograph Credits and Acknowledgments 160
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