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E. ’ See Illustrated London News, 1883. Bound to Please TO VIEW THIS FIGURE PLEASE REFER TO THE PRINTED EDITION and 11). 56 Clearly, while women were often cruelly contained by corsetry, many resisted that containment by attempting to alter its construction at the most basic stages of its conceptualization, via the patents. Corsetry design also offered women an opportunity to enter the male-dominated world of business. Many of the women who submitted corset designs and modifications identified their class backgrounds and their occupations.

Flower was an unequivocal supporter of feminism and an enthusiastic advocate of dress reform. 28 In keeping with this desiderata the journal carried frequent articles on dress reform. Despite its radical political stand and its usually outspoken and progressive discussion of sensitive issues, Arena resorted to conventional arguments in its deliberations on ‘maternal’ corsetry that made mother both culpable and invisible. In a lengthy essay titled ‘Fashion’s Slaves’ published in 1891, which was primarily concerned with the evils of heavy, ostentatiously furbelowed women’s frocks, Flower discussed both the popularity and the eugenic repercussions of corsetry.

See Illustrated London News, 1883. Bound to Please TO VIEW THIS FIGURE PLEASE REFER TO THE PRINTED EDITION and 11). 56 Clearly, while women were often cruelly contained by corsetry, many resisted that containment by attempting to alter its construction at the most basic stages of its conceptualization, via the patents. Corsetry design also offered women an opportunity to enter the male-dominated world of business. Many of the women who submitted corset designs and modifications identified their class backgrounds and their occupations.

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