The History of the Corset

They say beauty is pain, but in the history of corsets – nothing could be more true.

Corsets first became popular in sixteenth-century Europe, and have continued to be an important article of woman's clothing for several centuries, evolving as fashion trends have changed.

Early Corsets

Early Corsets were made of rigid materials such as whalebones, ivory and horns, and were referred to as ‘whalebone bodies.’ They had no cups and there was little support for the bust line. The focus was on the waist and body contour.

They were commonly an inverted conical shape that tapered to a small waist, and were worn with a full skirt and enlarged sleeves to create a contrast between the waist and the hips.

Victorian Corset

It wasn’t until the 19th century that the hourglass figure, small waist and full bust and hips, became the ideal silhouette.

After the United States entered into World War I, the U.S. War Industries Board urged women to stop buying corsets in order to free up metal for war production. This request liberated not only women, but an estimated 28,000 tons of metal, which would have been enough to make two battleships.

After the United States entered into World War I, the U.S. War Industries Board urged women to stop buying corsets in order to free up metal for war production. This request liberated not only women, but an estimated 28,000 tons of metal, which would have been enough to make two battleships.

This, and the change in women's roles during that time helped to catapult the bra into popularity.

Today

Today corsets are quite possibly the most popular that they have ever been. They are worn for a wealth of reasons including to enhance one’s silhouette, as sexy lingerie and even on their own as a top.

As a staple of women’s wardrobe for centuries, it clear to see that the corset is here to stay. Shop our selection of wholesale corsets and find a variety of colors, satin and lace for all sizes and needs.