It’s the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #12 – when we get to this we’ll be halfway through the year!
Challenge #12, due Tue July 1st, is Shape and Support.
Throughout history humans have changed their form and silhouette with garments that pulled in and pushed out. Few eras of fashion have been entirely satisfied with the natural human body. In this Challenge make a garment that changes and distorts the human form, whether it pulls it in, as with corsetry, or extends it, with ruffs and sleeve supports, fathingales and bustles and hoopskirts. As long as the garment creates an extreme silhouette, it counts
Throughout history we have extended our heads with mad hats:
Lifted our bust and pulled in our waists with bust bags and corsets:
Turned our bottom halves into stiff cones with farthingales:
And our top halves into stiff cones with stays:
We’ve ‘improved’ our bums with bum rumps:
And our busts with bust enhancers:
We’ve lifted our feet with heels and chopines:
We’ve been cone shaped and bell shaped and elliptical:
Pinched in and pushed out in ever way, shape and form:
Nor have men been immune to body re-shaping.
They have had padded doublets to turn their chests into pigeon breasts, and poofed pantaloons to balloon their thighs:
Men have laced in with Beau Brummel bodice (and padded thighs, hips, shoulders and calves by the look of it):
And stiffened their fronts with doublets:
They have tilted their chins with wide ruffs:
And both sexes have created full thighs and calves with symmetricals.
All these odd and peculiar contraptions, just to achieve the shape and silhouette that fashion deemed necessary and attractive!