Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras
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Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras

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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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Sara
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.
Alaina
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).
Alessandra
Not very rigorous, but lots of pretty pictures. I would not recommend this as a source of information.
Gail
An interesting history of women's undergarments. Very informative. Lots of pictures.
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