The silhouette of this 1880s corset exaggerates the sexually-dimorphic curves of the female body. The use of red was fashionable and also controversial, since most corsets were white. Color in lingerie had been associated with "the aristocracy of vice" only a decade earlier.


  • Title: Corset Front of corset
  • Date Created: c. 1880
  • Location Created: France
  • Type: Corset
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Red wool, wilk, steel, and whalebone
  • Credit: Museum purchase

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