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Welcome to our guide to fabulous women's vintage corsets.  Are you actually looking to learn more about this subject?  Well, we hope you are because the reality is that you have found our vintage corsets for women page.

In summary a corset is a woman's tightly fitting undergarment extending from below the chest to the hips, worn to shape the figure. 

 Vintage apparel is a generic term for garments originating from a previous era.  Vintage corsets are one of many categories that fall under the umbrella of vintage apparel.

For nearly 500 years, women's primary means of support was the corset, with laces and stays made of whalebone or metal. Researchers have found evidence of the use of corsets in the Minoan civilization of early Crete.  Corsets evolved through the 16th and 17th centuries and gained mainstream popularity in the Victorian era.

n the late 16th century, it was known as "a pair of bodys".  the garment was a simple bodice, stiffened with boning of reed or whalebone, that could be under or outer wear.  A busk made of wood, horn, whalebone, metal or ivory further reinforced the central front. During the 16th and 17th centuries, bodys could be front or back lacing.  During the late seventeenth century the English term "pair of bodies" was replaced with the term "stays", which was generally used during the 18th century.  Stays essentially turned the upper torso into a cone or cylinder shape. In the 17th century, tabs at the waist (called "fingers") were added. In the early 19th century, when gussets were added for room for the bust, stays became known as corsets.

Vintage corsets that can be worn today don't necessarily have to go all the way back to the 16th, 17th or 18th century.  You can find vintage garments that were manufactured more recently.

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