Hello curious people! So some will say this celebration is a bit too commercialized that it pushes us to buy things, that celebrating love is every day… But who cares! I’m going to tell you about something really hot, sensual, erotic… The corset. First you should know that the corset comes from men’s body armor So you may think that it’s something quite female, or at least its story, but not at all: its origin is fully male. The story of the corset begins at the end of the Renaissance period It’s in the middle of the 16th century that the corset is very common among the Spanish court before it spreads to Europe a bit everywhere. It’s a clothing item showing a straight, serious, narrow posture. I’d say hoity toity. And naturally after the court, common women start to wear it even though it’s not adapted to them at all. But after having been mocked in a few drawings, that I couldn’t find on the internet, it’s finally embraced by all. No problem. Well then, the first corset shapes looked a bit like a traffic cone upside down. And no, I’m not a part of illuminati! In the 17th century, the corset is being decorated a bit since this pale yellow color is not enough So a few flower patterns are added, like on this one And you can see that it looks a bit more feminine. One century later, a “stomach piece” is added It’s possible to take it off from the corset but sometimes it’s attached to it. But it’s just about feeling a bit more at ease and less tight in it. You should know that at the time, it was the worst way possible to wear a corset since there has rarely been a tighter corset than this one. Just imagine that your ribs are tightened by this thing and that it nearly hurts at the end of the day. It was unbearable! Take a look at Marie-Antoinette in 1775 She looks completely constricted, poor her, and though she smiles. Welcome to the 19th century! Farewell weird traffic cone and funnel shape and welcome to the hourglass shape! We’re done constricting breasts, so now they’re going to be pulled up, curved and shaped up so it’s going to be way more pretty and way less “frrrrt” than before. And a metal bone is added to provide a better posture. It’s like the one in the umbrella, it’s called “baleine” (“whale” in French) it’s like a long metal stick that’s integrated to the corset. Let’s move forward in time and talk about the length of the corset, the way to hold the breasts and most of all, forget about the pale color of the corset: let’s add some color. In Paris during the 20th century, the corset gets this large, rigid shape with two small strips at the bottom and the breast pulled up. Then let’s move on a bit forward in time: we’re in the 1920’s when the “tubular” style is adopted. It completely squeezes the hips and the thighs and in those years, you officially say goodbye to the corset and welcome to the waist cincher. The waspie is made of rubber with a few metal bones inside a bit like the corset before and some fashion designers like Christian Lacroix have the idea of sticking it to a dress. But the waist cincher. doesn’t last long because there we are: wearing this “close”-fasioned style is over for women, too restrictive and privative, a new style is chosen with fine lingerie, way lighter and even more sexy. So corsets are used only by actors in theatre or cinema, as costumes. Nowadays, masters like Gaultier or Lacroix are bringing the corset back into fashion of course, like Gaultier for exemple who made one for Madonna with small pointed breasts. But you should also know that the corset can be prescribed by a doctor, it has nothing to do with a pretty outfit, it’s in case of kyphosis or spine issues. And so you wear a corset to maintain the body as straight as possible. Of course it has become more and more related to sensuality and erotism, even more during the 21st century. Although sometimes, gothic people wear corsets it obviously has a connotation a bit sensual but without necessarily meaning that they wear it in the street to be sexy. But then at Valentine’s, a corset suited with stockings, then you can welcome your boyfriend, you will see: I’m pretty sure he will be delighted. In the USA, the thinest woman in the world is wearing a corset. Her waist size is 38 cm. It’s very, very, very thin Be careful though because there is an internal organs squeezing and it can be very serious. I wish you all a very good Valentine’s, it’s the end of my episode, thank you for watching. Of course you can imagine that the corset is not an obligation for Valentine’s, a flower bouquet works perfectly since it’s the day of love! But it’s a bit every day, isn’t it? So isn’t this really a sexy lady story?