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The Corset : A Cultural History - Valerie Steele

The Corset

A Cultural History


Published: 4th February 2003
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An essential element of fashionable dress from the Renaissance into the twentieth century, the corset has been viewed not only as an object of eroticism but also as an instrument of torture and subjugation. This lavishly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the corset.

"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 reading for fashion historians." Times Literary Supplement

Steel and Whalebone: Fashioning the Aristocratic Bodyp. 1
Art and Nature: Corset Controversies of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 35
Dressed to Kill: The Medical Consequences of Corsetryp. 67
Fashion and Fetishism: The Votaries of Tight-Lacingp. 87
The Satin Corset: An Erotic Iconographyp. 113
The Hard Body: A Muscular Corsetp. 143
Notesp. 177
Selected Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780300099539
ISBN-10: 0300099533
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 4th February 2003
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.1 x 23.3  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 1.07