9 April 2017

The Corset Unlaced

This was the title of our speaker's talk last Monday - intriguing!  Gillian Roberts brought a selection of her beautiful creations for us to admire and gave a fascinating and often hilarious slide-show of the history of corsets, from almost unbelievable metal corsets through wire and whale-bone to rubber and on to the outerwear glamour corsets of today.  There was a so-called "pretty" corset, just right for your maid-servant to wear for doing the housework!  And horrible medical images of the damage that "tight-lacing" could do to the internal organs.  Even without employing tight-lacing, it is little wonder that young ladies were prone to swooning and there was always a bottle of sal volatile in their reticule to revive them!  I am glad to live in an era when we can "let it all hang out" if we want to.

Gill makes beautiful dresses with embroidered corsets for brides and special-occasion wear.  My pictures do not do them justice so to see more have a look at her website www.belladonna-roses.co.uk .  The professional photograph show her exquisite embroidery to perfection.  J