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The corset : a cultural history

Author: Valerie Steele
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

An essential element of fashionable dress from the Renaissance into the 20th century, the corset has been viewed not only as an object of eroticism but also as an instrument of torture and  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Steele
ISBN: 9780300099539 0300099533 0300090714 9780300090710
OCLC Number: 694642160
Description: vii, 199 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Steel and whalebone : fashioning the aristocratic body --
2. Art and nature : corset controversies of the nineteenth century --
3. Dressed to kill : the medical consequences of corsetry --
4. Fashion and fetishism : the votaries of tight-lacing --
5. The satin corset --
6. The hard body : a muscular corset.
Responsibility: Valerie Steele.


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"This is cultural scholarship and social history at its absolute best." Literary Review "The Corset is at once couture eye candy and intellectually enlightening." WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS "Obligatory Read more...

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