Women have been wearing corsets for centuries to enhance their shape. While some records of corsets date back to prehistoric times, they were most prominent during the Victorian Era in 16 th Century Europe. At first, corsets were traditionally worn as an undergarment used to smooth out any imperfections and create the desired hourglass shape. They were also occasionally worn as over-garments and incorporated into women's dresses. Though corsets were mostly used by women, men also wore corsets.
While many fashion trends come and go, the corset is one that has remained popular throughout history. In the pages ahead, you'll learn about the different types and styles of corsets and see why they have maintained their popularity for many, many years.