Corselettes

 

Playtex 18 Hour Corselette

Corselettes have always been popular with older women needing firm control. The corselette illustrated here (model 2600) is a pull on garment that as well as a full length panel at the front also has some additional Lycra panels across the stomach to give additional control. This particular model probably dates from the 1980's but the 18 hour range predates this considerably (1967).

 

Marks and Spencers-late 1970's ?

This panty corselette probably dates from the late 1970's and is exceptionally firm control even thought it has no stays. It is made from heavy Elastane and rubber, and has additional paneling to reinforce the stomach area. The corselette has a satin panel at the back as well as on the front, making the style reminiscent of earlier 1950's corsetry. Unusually it also has a side zip fastener, making it harder to put on. It also has four removable metal suspenders again suggesting the 1970's as a manufacturing period.

 

Marks and Spencers-Front (late 1970's ?)

This open corselette also probably dates from the late 1970's and again gives exceptionally firm control without needing to use stays. It is made from heavy Elastane and uses two layers of material over most of the garment to provide very firm control, and additional rigid paneling to reinforce the stomach area.

 

Marks and Spencers-Back (late 1970's ?)

The corselette has a satin downstretch panel at the back making the style reminiscent of earlier 1950's corsetry. It also has four metal suspenders again suggesting the 1970's as a possible manufacturing period.

 

 

Miss Mary of Sweden-Front (1980's?)

This ornate front zip corselette (style 5000) by 'Miss Mary of Sweden' is also very firm control, and also includes heavy stays and a controlling inner belt for support. Stays are less common in corselettes as they are not really needed. The garment cannot roll up or down in use due to the shoulder straps and suspenders, and so stays are used totally for shaping purposes ans support. Dating this garment is difficult, but the late 70's or early 80's would be a guess. It has modern style suspenders but these are made out of metal, which could indicate an older garment.

 

Miss Mary of Sweden-Back (1980's?)

The controlling belt is clearly seen in this illustration and is made out of elastic reinforced with stays. The V shaped section at the small of the back is made of lighter material, and is designed to make bending easier.

 

Miss Mary of Sweden (1990's?)

Miss Mary of Sweden continues to manufacture firm control corselettes, as this garment dating from the mid 1990's testifies. It is in a panty style (Style 3800)with crotch fasteners, and detachable metal suspenders are even provided. Inner panels made of Elastane also provide additional support.

 

Triumph Comfort Ideal Corselette-Front (1990's)

This attractive Triumph corselette (Comfort Ideal KR) is made out of a satin finish Elastane and was manufactured in Germany. It is still being made today, and comes complete with plastic suspenders. I am not sure when it was first manufactured, but would guess at the 1980's.

Triumph Comfort Ideal Corselette-Back (1990's)

The Elastane used is a very fine weave, and the garment is unusual in also being inner lined throughout with a cotton material. This is marketed as being cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It is marketed as being a luxurious corselette that provides comfortable firm control.

 

Triumph Ideal Corselette - 1990's

This Triumph Ideal KR Corselette is also firm control, but is made out of a more conventional Elastane. As can be seen from the illustration it is also a fairly complex garment, using multiple panels to achieve the firm control needed. Again 4 plastic suspenders allow stockings to be attached to the corselette, and a front zip makes getting in and out of the garment relatively easy. Triumph have extended their manufacturing plants to their parts of Europe in recent years, with this particular garment being manufactured in Portugal.

 

 

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