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Miss AP – Throw me a bone

Miss AP – Throw me a bone

The aptly named FIT museum in New York has just launched its blockbuster summer exhibition, ‘Exposed: A History of Lingerie’. It tracks the shape of ‘intimate apparel’ from the 18th century to the present, and whilst I’m looking forward to seeing the screen-printed kimonos from 1930’s boudoirs and the frilly bloomers from the denizens of the Victorian demi-monde, what I’m excited to see are the corsets…

It got me thinking about the corset. What woman doesn’t feel empowered the moment her proportions are snapped into hyperbole by this confection of silk, lace and boning?
But there are always some women wear them with more purpose than others, and here are five of the most memorable….

Ethel Granger
Ethel Granger (1903-1974) achieved world record-breaking status for her corseted waist when she got down to 13″ due to her strict tight-lacing regime. That’s basically the size of a CD. Nobody has got there since, and I’m pretty sure nobody wants to either.

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier
Rarely has an item of clothing achieved such mythical status as the pink Duchesse satin conical corset designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Madonna to wear on her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.

Sophia Loren in The Millionairess
Who could ever forget the devastatingly perfect proportions of Sophia Loren as the wealthy Epifania, resplendent in a black corset and suspenders in the 1960 film version of George Bernard Shaw’s play? Answer: nobody, ever.

Edoard Manet: Nana
Edoard Manet loved to court scandal, and his painting of a courtesan in her boudoir, brazenly staring out at us in her provocative blue silk corset, was banned from being shown at the Salon de Paris in 1877. The debate surrounding the painting sparked a fashion for satin corsets in bright colours such as blue, pink and red. At least some good came of it.

Kate Moss in Agent Provocateur
Dreams don’t get much racier than those of Miss X. And dreamers certainly don’t come hotter than Kate Moss in an Agent Provocateur waspie, indulging in her lustful slumber. The 4 Dreams of Miss X were filmed by Mike Figgis for Agent Provocateur in 2007 and their launch on-site pretty much broke the internet.