A TIGHT SQUEEZE
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