Sept. 11, 1907: In Praise of the Corset for the ‘Woman Who Weighs a Ton’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

Sept. 11, 1907
Direct Wire From New York

Wow! Now this is the kind of quote one simply doesn’t see every day, at least in the 21st century. The Victorians certainly had a different attitude toward women’s physiques:

“The woman who gets the proper sort of corset will have the fashionable figure, even if she weighs a ton.”

The source of that sentiment, Elizabeth A.C. White, is president of the Dressmakers’ Protective Association of America and although The Times notes that she weighs 220 pounds, says “she is not fleshy.” The reason, White says: “It’s all in the corset.”

What will the well-dressed woman wear this fall?

“A demi-tailored skirt of gray, reddish purple, lavender or light blue, with black coat and waist, not embroidered, to match the skirt. Her hat will be of a mild mushroom type, trimmed with morning glories, orchids and roses.”

And ladies, please note: Hips are out. Straight-line figures are in.

What became of the 220-pound Elizabeth A.C. White? Alas, her fate is unrecorded.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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