I've spent a few days researching corsets for my Gilded Age novel. Was there ever another beauty device as uncomfortable as a corset?
Is it my imagination or does this lady look somewhat constipated? Apparently tight corseting could do all kinds of compression of your ribs and internal organs. Not to mention that you couldn't take a deep breath in them. Or eat. Come to think of it, that might actually be a good thing.
Corseting has made a comeback in recent years. Men find it sexy. Above is a modern day example, the actress Dita Von Teese. That can't be her real name.
Anyway, it's fun to research this stuff but the corset is one historical item I can live without. What about you?