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A Cut Above the Rest

A haircut so influential, it transformed civilization.

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Laced Up Volume II: Corset Controversies

While doing research on the history of corsets, I found out that much of what we think about corsets is a misunderstanding. Of course, the corset was not the most user friendly accessory, but was it as dreadful as history and pop culture make it out to be?  The answer may surprise you.

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Laced Up Volume I: 400 Years of Corsetry (abridged)

The corset is arguably one of the most controversial undergarments in the history of fashion. They have been a symbol of femininity, fashion, and eroticism since it was first invented. No wonder I have an interest in corsetry, my great-grandma owned a corset shop in Chicago from 1930 to the 1960s. Thanks to the fashion industry, corsets went through a variety of adaptations from its origins in the 16th century through the 19th century, and even into the 20th and 21st century. Continue reading “Laced Up Volume I: 400 Years of Corsetry (abridged)”

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