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The corset has been an important article of clothing for several centuries, evolving as fashion trends have changed. Women, as well as some men, have used it to change the appearance of their bodies.

The corset first became popular in sixteenth-century Europe, reaching the zenith of its popularity in the Victorian era. The earliest image of a possible corset was made ca. 2000 BC. The image is of a Cretan woman, and the article of clothing depicted might be perceived as a corset; however, it is worn as an outer-garment.<ref>Elizabeth Ewings, Dress and Undress: A history of Women's Underwear (New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1978), 19.</ref> While the corset has typically been worn as an undergarment, it has occasionally been used as an outer-garment; corsets as outer-garments can be seen in the national dress of many European countries.<ref name="Ewings, Dress, 22">Ewings, Dress, 22</ref>

The term "corset" is attested from 1300, coming from the French "corset" which meant "a kind of laced bodice." The term "stays" was frequently used in English from c. 1600 until the early twentieth century.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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Intro  16th and 17th centuries  18th and early 19th centuries  Transition to the Victorian  The Victorian corset  Late 19th century  The Edwardian corset  Post-Edwardian long line corset  After World War I  See also   References   External links  

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The corset has been an important article of clothing for several centuries, evolving as fashion trends have changed. Women, as well as some men, have used it to change the appearance of their bodies.

The corset first became popular in sixteenth-century Europe, reaching the zenith of its popularity in the Victorian era. The earliest image of a possible corset was made ca. 2000 BC. The image is of a Cretan woman, and the article of clothing depicted might be perceived as a corset; however, it is worn as an outer-garment.<ref>Elizabeth Ewings, Dress and Undress: A history of Women's Underwear (New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1978), 19.</ref> While the corset has typically been worn as an undergarment, it has occasionally been used as an outer-garment; corsets as outer-garments can be seen in the national dress of many European countries.<ref name="Ewings, Dress, 22">Ewings, Dress, 22</ref>

The term "corset" is attested from 1300, coming from the French "corset" which meant "a kind of laced bodice." The term "stays" was frequently used in English from c. 1600 until the early twentieth century.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


History of corsets sections
Intro  16th and 17th centuries  18th and early 19th centuries  Transition to the Victorian  The Victorian corset  Late 19th century  The Edwardian corset  Post-Edwardian long line corset  After World War I  See also   References   External links  

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