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The History of the Corset

Whether you wear them to tantalize your partner, as part of a sexy Halloween costume, or to the club—we are all familiar with corsets.
These rigid pieces of lingerie have a rich history that dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until the end of the 17th century that corsets became relegated to a piece of underwear.

One hundred years later and women were still strapping in. That tiny, 22-inch waist we’re so used to seeing in period pieces on the BBC? It came into fashion in the 1840s and ‘50s, when “tightlacing” first became popular—which is the same period that corsets began to be mass-produced, as opposed to being tailored for a woman’s specific measurements.

The purpose of the corset hasn’t changed much over the centuries, although they have fallen in and out of fashion. By the early 20th century, the development of elastic led to the invention of more-flexible girdles, allowing women to take their first deep breaths in three centuries.

But all that changed with Kim Kardashian. …