The Feeling of Being in a Corset
Corsets were typically use it the 1800 and progressed in the 1900, mostly use to disguise ones figures now in the 21st century women use girdles for the same purpose. Siri Hustvedt author of “Eight Days in a corset, explains her experience in a corset, she was an extra in a film the “Washington Square.” She was not an actress nor was they really interested in her, the film director Agnieszka Holland was interested in Hustvedt daughter Sophie. Once the fitting was done on Sophie, the corset applied to Hustvedt and that is when her bad experience began, as they tightened the stays in the dressing room she began to feel faint. Not only women wore corset, men also wore them, as fashion statement or for health reasons. Corsets are and will always be around, it played a role in the way people looked and felt is such an early time that it will still be used in the years to come.
Hustvedt is a prime example of the danger of using a corset as she says “Within a few minutes, I felt faint. I began to sway, dropped, but did not black out.” Although there is a danger in wearing such a piece of clothing, people often wore corsets no matter the risk. This just goes to show the length some people will go to in order to see a transformation in their appearance. It could be for a daily experience or such things as a movie film role as Hustvedt participated in. Hustvedt also say, “There is something appealing about transformation, and clothes are the fastest route to leaping out of your life and into someone else’s. The whalebone corset I wore for eight days catapulted me into another time and another aesthetic, and I like it.” Even though the corset that Hustvedt wore did her bad she still enjoyed wearing it.
Women wore corsets as garments to hold the shape of their body in a desired shape. As Hustvedt describes it as, “The inward slope of a woman’s waist becomes extreme and the tension of lacing the waist pushes the breast upward. Suddenly I...
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