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Waist training is one of those contentious issues which always get people talking. Some people adore a tiny waist, some people abhor them and others are simply fascinated by this kind of body modification.
Either way it’s a theme very much relevant to most vintage enthusiasts. The most popular post on We Heart Vintage for the last year is about 1950s models and how they used waist training to get their extreme hourglass figures so I thought you would be interested to hear from a modern girl who does the same. And before you dismiss this as a niche or fetish thing don’t forget that 50s supermodel Dovima had a 19″ waist (as did Brigitte Bardot at one point), so it’s not too different!
Whichever camp you fall into you have to admire the commitment and confidence of people who alter their bodies to such an extent. I’ve been talking with Michele Köbke, who at aged 24, has shrunk her waist from her natural 25″ to an astonishing 16″ waist after just 3 years of wearing corsets.
I took the opportunity of asking her some questions I’d been wondering about the whole waist training process*:
What inspired you to start reducing your waist size?
I find both the corseted figure and the corset itself simply divine. I love the way the corset hugs me and I’m also a corset fetishist!
I’m beating myself up for not getting some babysitting organised and going to see The Great Gatsby yet. *Reminder: I must get a life* In the meantime I’ve entertained myself by gazing at the gorgeous costumes from the movie which were designed as a collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann’s wife, Catherine Martin.
The costumes are just exquisite. It was a struggle but I’ve managed to whittle them down to my top 10 here.
Do you agree with my favourites? Also, I don’t have any information yet about who wears what in the movie, so if you can fill in the blanks, please let me know
The beautiful duck-egg blue of this dress is lovely, especially with the silver shoes and crystals, but what really makes it for me is that gorgeous olive green jewelled clutch bag.
A series of 1940s adverts for fashions by Lynn Lester suggesting a summer wardrobe for June 1947. This summer capsule collection has some wonderful descriptions underneath each item – you just don’t see that any more!
There are some great new fangled fabrics, like “SnoSilk”, and also some unusual clothing styles. I had no idea what ‘cape sleeves’, a ‘jewellery neckline’ and ‘phlange’ sleeves were before I looked at these ads (although perhaps that says more about my fashion ignorance than the ads..?)
The colours of the season also seem to have been: white, aqua, maize, pink, cocoa, beige and ‘kelly’ Anyone know what colour kelly is?!
1960s model Linda Morand in a fantastic fashion shoot featuring ‘Superchick’, a very well dressed mod superhero. Love it!
1950s model Dovima in an advert for Botany Karasham fabric – aren’t the colours in this outfit just beautiful?
There has been so much lovely fashion blogging gorgeousness this week, it was hard just to pick my top 4, but here they are:
This week I wish I’d been wearing:
- This great Superman-inspired outfit by Vintage Vixen
- Andi B Goode’s cute 50s housedress with red accessories – I love her Mickey Mouse phone case too!
- Sammy Davis Vintage‘s amazing 1980s vintage Bob Mackie evening dress, which I’m in love with even though I’ve only seen one shoulder… (come on Sammy, we want to see the whole dress please!)
- and this pretty Paris Map dress on the Cherry Blossom Girl, who always makes me yearn to live in Paris and be as stylish as she is!
What great blog posts have you come across this week? If you’ve seen any stand out articles post them here, I always love hearing about amazing bloggers I haven’t found before!