Essay heading: The Corset

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Europe

 

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Malinda Peterson

 

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July 1, 2009

 

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Early 1800s brought some enlightening change: Mantua dresses were made. A Mantua dress was looser and a more casual type of dress that did not call for the strict cut and shaping, although women felt it necessary to maintain a 20 inch waist. A small waist was still considered “proper” and feminine, and women were still judged by their waist size...
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A small waist was still considered “proper” and feminine, and women were still judged by their waist size. The Romantic period introduced a corset that was more severe than the others. Women were expected to compress their waist to equivalent measurements of 1/3 their natural body size. This kind of daily restraint ruined internal functions in the extreme...
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