A TIGHT SQUEEZE

CORSETS

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… DEADLY FASHIONS -

They say beauty is pain, and no­body felt this more keenly than corset-wear­ing Vic­to­rian ladies. Laced so tightly that they re­duced lung ca­pac­ity by any­thing from two to 29 per cent, it was not un­com­mon for a wearer to faint, es­pe­cially while danc­ing. The corsets also did ir­repara­ble dam­age to the in­ter­nal or­gans and bones. The small in­testines, stom­ach and liver were pushed down­wards by the years of pres­sure ex­erted by the corset, while bones could of­ten be de­formed. Ouch!

The ideal waist size dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era was 22 inches, but they could be as small as 18 inches

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