waist training

Famous Ladies Who Have Joined the Corset Craze

Famous Ladies Who Have Joined the Corset Craze

If 2014 was primarily the “Year of the Selfie” (see: just about every showbiz article written that year), it was also the “Year of the Celebrity Corset-Wearer”. Indeed, in some instances, the two came together, with several famous women posing for selfies while wearing corsets (more on that later). But just why are corsets enjoying(…)

Tiny Waists and Steel Corsets: The Tough Body Expectations of the 1900s

Tiny Waists and Steel Corsets: The Tough Body Expectations of the 1900s

I love the blithe glamour of these vintage corset adverts. They remind me of the uber-glamorous Modess adverts of the 1950s (never before or since have feminine hygiene products been so aspirational). All of these adverts claim comfort (I guess that’s a relative term), and one even has a blissful cherub sleeping snuggled inside it(…)

How to get a tiny waist: I talk with Michele Köbke the girl with the 16″ waist

How to get a tiny waist: I talk with Michele Köbke the girl with the 16″ waist

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(…)

Queen of the tiny waist: Betty Brosmer

Queen of the tiny waist: Betty Brosmer

1950s glamour girl and pin up Betty Brosmer who had the amazing hourglass figure of: 38-18-36 (inches). Her she has the most tiny waist, I know a lot more clothes were handmade in the fifties, but wow it would be hard to dress to figure like that off the peg! Source and copyright: BettyBrosmer.com Edited with BlogPad(…)

Waist Training: a Visual History of Corsetry

Waist Training: a Visual History of Corsetry

I found myself wondering the other day about waist training and just how corsets and girdles have shaped women and fashions over the last century. The fashion for different body types has definitely changed with the decades, but what underwear was needed to help women achieve this? I hope we’re getting to an age where(…)

50s pin up Betty Brosmer and Nerina Orton (and the trend for tiny waists)

50s pin up Betty Brosmer and Nerina Orton (and the trend for tiny waists)

I saw a newspaper article yesterday about student and part-time Burlesque dancer Nerina Orton and her tiny 15.7″ waist and it reminded me of 50s pin up and model Betty Brosmer.  Her waist was 18″, which is definitely tiny, but it made me realise just how small Nerina’s waist is. Apparently the world record for(…)

How did 1950s models get such tiny waists? The low down on waist training

How did 1950s models get such tiny waists? The low down on waist training

I’ve often marvelled at the different body shapes which have been in fashion over the decades: from the skinny boyish figure of the 1920s and 1960s to the fabulous hourglass figures of the 1950s. It also got me wondering why people don’t look like that today. Above: 1950s model and pinup Betty Brosmer. Image courtesy(…)