“As the final barrier to the nude body, lingerie is inherently erotic. Yet the design of lingerie unquestionably enhances its allure, by strategically concealing, revealing, and highlighting the wearer’s form. As designer Chantal Thomass observed, ‘The essence and attitude of lingerie is all in suggestion.’
There are two types of lingerie: hard and soft. Hard lingerie includes such items as corsets, bustles, and structured bras. Soft lingerie consists of unstructured garments, including slips, nightgowns, and panties.
In any of its forms, lingerie is a crucial component in the history of fashion. Just as the relationship between dress and the body has been redefined over time, so too has the function and appearance of intimate apparel. Lingerie remains a topic of enduring fascination.” (Source: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology http:// Viewed October 25, 2020)
Dr. Warner’s Four-in-Hand Coraline Corset not only comes in its original box, it is accompanied by two original pamphlets from the company.
And you ask what is Coraline?
“Coraline is manufactured from ixtle, a plant which grows in Mexico and some parts of South America. In general appearance, it resembles somewhat the American aloe or century plant, but its leaves are longer and more slender. Scattered through the centre of these pulpy leaves are a number of round, tough, elastic fibres like bristles, which average about two feet in length. These leaves are gathered by the natives, and in a crude manner they are pounded and bruised until these fibres are separated from the pulpy portion. This is then dried and put into bales, in which condition it is shipped to our factory. Here we go over it again, carefully hackling and combing it until we have separated all the waste material, leaving only the long and perfect fibres. These fibres are then fed into the winding machine and are bound by stout thread into a firm, continuous cord [see cut], This cord, or “coraline,” as it is now called, is then ready to be stitched into the corset, which is done in the same manner that ordinary cord is stitched between the folds of cloth.” (Source and for more information see: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Coraline_Corsets; Viewed 10/29/2020)
This garment was made in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and advertised for:
Ladies who have large hips and those who have trouble with their corset breaking down will find the Four-in-Hand especially adapted to their needs. It gives a graceful figure, is very comfortable and is a special favorite with a large class of ladies.
The corset has thirteen (13) clasps, five (5) hooks. Like such garments of earlier times, it pushes the bust to excessive heights and reduces the waist to small lengths as dictated by fashion. However, unlike Corsets of the 1700s, this laces up the front and does not require a servant to tighten or loosen the strings.
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