|resonant (resonant) wrote,|
@ 2004-06-03 02:52 pm UTC
The skirt weighed thirty pounds. It was like holding one of those lead aprons they use when they x-ray your teeth.
As a concession to the health of the model, the corset gave her a 27-inch waist, rather than the more historically accurate measurement of 13 to 16 inches.
Which leads me to the Cool Fact of the Day: Apparently, in those days, the experts believed that if you laced a woman tightly enough into a corset, she would be incapable of feeling sexual desire. (They considered this a good thing.)
Hence the term "straitlaced."
("Strait," of course, means "tight," and now none of you will ever spell the word "straightlaced" again, right?)
They might not have been entirely wrong about that, actually. If a woman, even quite a thin one, was laced down to a 13-inch waist, then anything that made her breathe fast would quickly cause unconsciousness.
Corsets, in one form or another, were common right into the twentieth century, guys, and came back again in the 1950s. We had a narrow escape.