Extremely Long 1910s corset
c.1911-1912. A white longline corset made out of white coutil and trimmed with a band of
scalloped lace around the top in which baby ribbon can be inserted. This corset is much
longer than most 1910's corsets were made and dates to approximately when hobble skirts were
in fashion. It is so long that on a woman with a height of 5'9", it would end at the upper
area and would be even longer on a woman of shorter statue.
The corset still has some vestigial elements of early Edwardian corsetry such as a heart
shaped bust which had been popular on turn of the century corsets and the
use of diagonal seams with a long straight busk, a remnant from S bend corsets. The corset
also has a waist which is nipped in more than most 1910's corsets found giving the wearer
a more hourglass shape than a tubular shape.
The small waist paired up with the diagonal seaming, long, straight busk and extremely
long hips, would have given the wearer a an elongated S bend shape. A sort of happy
medium between the exaggerated S-bend shape of the turn of the century and the straight
tubular shape of the 1910's.
The corset is not lined and is boned with flexible watchspring. The corset is old store stock
and was never worn.
Measurements: Bust 26", Waist 17 1/2" although it is stamped as being 18", Hips 30 1/2",
Front length 15 1/4", Back length 20", Busk length 11".
From the collection of L. Hidic