Elizabethan 'Corsets': Shaping the 16th Century Body
Drea di' Pellegrini
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Costume and Textiles
An overview of the earliest corsets, known as "french bodies" or "boned bodies" in the 16th and early 17th centuries. This class will go over written and pictoral references to corsets, the few extant corsets that still remain, and discuss the materials used to make them and how to recreate the silhouette of the late 16th/early 17th century boned bodice/corset with modern materials.
The class is two hours, but we'll have a 10 minute break between two sections. The first part is the history of the corset, and the second part is practical considerations on patterning and construction, and how to make or acquire your own.