Corsetry has its origins in Greek antiquity and gained popularity in France starting in the 1500s. Corsets were designed to accentuate or diminish certain physical attributes depending on the prevailing style of the day. Fashion corsets often pushed the limits of the female body, and in some instances, caused deformities of the ribcage and compressed the spine, resulting in muscular deterioration. This corset was made by a popular American manufacturer, Langdon & Batcheller, and is branded to be “glove-fitting,” giving a desirable hourglass figure.


A black Langdon & Batcheller’s Genuine Thomson Glove-Fitting Corset with steel boning, c. 1865.