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Valerie Steele

Often quoted in media, Valerie Steele has been the subject of profiles in Forbes and The New York Times, and was listed in the New York Daily News “Fashion’s 50 Most Powerful.” She is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) and has curated more than 20 exhibitions in the past ten years. She is also Editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture (Berg) and the author of numerous books, including Gothic: Dark Glamour; The Corset: A Cultural History; Paris Fashion; Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now; Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power; and Women of Fashion: 20th-Century Designers. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Colleen Gau

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The corset is a garment with a long and controversial history. A rigid bodice, usually incorporating vertical and diagonal boning, and laced together, the corset was designed to shape the female torso to the fashionable silhouette...

Corsetry and Invisibility of Maternal Body

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...One of the strongest reasons for the adoption of the corset, though it is not commonly avowed, is the belief that it conduces beauty and symmetry of figure. Slender forms are usually praised, and chiefly because they are associated...

Tight-Lacing

Valerie Steele

Often quoted in media, Valerie Steele has been the subject of profiles in Forbes and The New York Times, and was listed in the New York Daily News “Fashion’s 50 Most Powerful.” She is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) and has curated more than 20 exhibitions in the past ten years. She is also Editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture (Berg) and the author of numerous books, including Gothic: Dark Glamour; The Corset: A Cultural History; Paris Fashion; Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now; Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power; and Women of Fashion: 20th-Century Designers. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The term “tight-lacing” refers to the laces that tighten a corset. There is no generally accepted definition of what constitutes tight-lacing since it could be argued that any corset that is not loose is tight. Furthermore...

Corsetry and the Reality of ‘Female Complaints’

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...While several historians have attributed the plethora of Victorian ‘female complaints’ in part, to the prevalence of corsetry, the significance of the corset in the propitiation of those singularly nineteenth-century female ailments...

Not in That Corset: Gender, Gymnastics, and the Cultivation of the Late Nineteenth-Century Female Body

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...Although the corset, in one incarnation or another, remained an integral garment of female attire until the introduction of pantyhose in the 1960s, attempts to engineer its decline had been set in train at least a century earlier. Indeed...

Conclusion

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...Whether she lived in London or Philadelphia, in the life of the middle-class Victorian woman the corset was a ‘universal’. The abundance of texts published on both sides of the Atlantic which either advocated or decried the garment indicate...

Introduction

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...The private, lived, female experience of corsetry was (and still is) rarely documented. Henry Handel Richardson offers the historian a rare and realistic description of the ‘post’-corset body in her splendid short story, titled ‘The Bathe...

Breathless with Anticipation: Romance, Morbidity and the Corset

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...Although tightly laced corsetry made numerous middle-class women seriously ill, the practice continued well into the twentieth century. The long reign of the corset indicates that for many women the garment had considerable benefits...
...Introduction In London, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s 1971 exhibition “Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton” attracted more than 90,000 visitors, making it one of the most well attended shows in the museum’s history. While Beaton...

Corsetry, Advertising, and Multiple Readings of the Nineteenth-Century Female Body

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...Advertising played an integral role in the popularity and longevity of corsetry. It often revealed more about prevailing socio-cultural attitudes than about the items that were for sale. Nineteenth-century advertising selectively...