Monday, June 02, 2014

What's Under That Vintage Dress?

I post pictures of gorgeous vintage clothing here on my blog and on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds daily.  The comments and questions I receive most often deal with the tiny waists or fit of the dresses shown.  In our modern world, where most of our clothing is styled to be loose or made with stretch fabrics, we find it difficult to relate to wearing a dress that molds to the body like this. The answer, of course, is what she is wearing under that gown.

Before the late 1960s, every woman wore control undergarments, whether they be girdles, corsets, or an all-in-one, as shown here.  Every woman, every day.  You just can't get the look and fit presented in that first photo without some kind of foundation garments. Period. 

Red dress with cape by Pauline Trigere.  All-in-one corselet by Warner's. Both photos from a 2-page ad for Warner's in Harper's Bazaar, 1961.

5 comments:

jetsetsewing.com said...

I remember my mom's rinsed-out girdle hanging on the shower curtain every night. They were 10 times worse than Spanx. You could bounce a quarter off them them.

Tallian said...

There really is no other way to achieve that look.

On a side note: how does she pee????

DrJulieAnn -The Modern Retro Woman said...

I've started wearing open-bottomed girdles under my more fitted garments--the difference in the fit and how I feel (more glamorous) is amazing!

Fashionista said...

But why are modern foundation garments so hideous? Maybe I am looking in the wrong shops. I have to do more than looking soon, exercise is no longer enough..........

Gauss said...

I am so, so happy we don't have to wear this kind of torture devices any more! Every time I see one of these vintage garments I cringe at the thought of what must be going on underneath.

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