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Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women hav ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Harry N. Abrams (first published September 1997)
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Jul 21, 2008 Alaina rated it did not like it
This book is full of gems.

Page 44: " More stylish women died in one year from [pulmonary illnesses caused by low-cut dresses] than in all the bloody days of the Reign of Terror."

Fascinating. Unfortunately, Ms. Fontanel neglects to cite her source.

That pretty much sums up this book. An anti-academic puff piece with pretty pictures and sensational (and completely unsupported) stories about the "torture" of the corset (page 38).
Jan 04, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Exceedingly interesting, and with fantastic illustrations. Every page had at least one large-scale and beautifully rendered "excerpt" from a painting (or photograph/advertisement/etc.) from the era under discussion. The general quality of the book -- design, layout, images, research, writing -- was A+ all the way through.
Although this book has a lot of pictures, they are not very illustrative; most pictures are quite arbitrary and pictures (advertisements, photos, etc.) mentioned in the text are often not inserted as images – therefore, most images could have been omitted.

Furthermore, this book ist not at all academic. However, it does give some nice informations about the economic history of bra-making and of fabrics used. What has been left out (unfortunately!) are discussions about sizes and measurements and
Not very rigorous, but lots of pretty pictures. I would not recommend this as a source of information.
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An interesting history of women's undergarments. Very informative. Lots of pictures.
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