The Corset Work

Society’s Corset:

Hints to A Fashionable Lady  © 2007

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This project was built around a vintage salesman pamphlet for Binner Corsets. I was drawn to the photos of the women in their corsets posing with inanimate objects, as well as the intimate size of the pamphlet that fit into the palm of my hand.

The images are all from the Binner Corset pamphlet. The text is also from that pamphlet as well as various historical ads, etiquette manuals and quotations taken from women throughout the last century on their feelings about beauty and aging. The pages are printed on fabrics that are associated with women’s intimate apparel (silk satin, and sheer silk chiffon).

The experience of reading this piece becomes extremely intimate, from the time you hold the book in your hands, unlace the girdle to open the book and read the personal text while feeling the sensuousness of the pages between your fingers.

Outside Back Cover

Outside Corset Front    Cover

Height:  7 1/2”

Width closed: 6 1/2”

Width opened: 13”

Inside back silk satin Book Cover and sheer silk chiffon P. 1

Silk satin front P. 1

back silk satin P. 1 and sheer silk chiffon P. 2

Silk satin front P. 6

back silk satin P. 5 and sheer silk chiffon P. 6

Silk satin front P. 2

back silk satin  P. 8 and sheer silk chiffon P. 9

Silk satin front P. 9

back silk satin P. 9 and sheer silk chiffon P. 10

Silk satin front P. 10 (inside back Book Cover)

Click here: SocCorset_TxtSpecs072207.pdf
to download the complete text and specs

Antique salesman sample girdle with net trim, satin ribbon and vintage corset lace.

Machine Stitched, cotton embroidered text.

20 page book (10 sheer pages, 10 silk satin pages), including covers.

Inside Front Book Cover

Digital ink jet prints on 19mm silk satin and 10mm silk chiffon (sheer) Color Plus Fabrics®.

Machine and hand-stitched stitched pages, grommet binding, tied with vintage dyed baby shoelace. Images from Binner Corset salesman pamphlet.

Page Height: 5”

Page Width: 3 1/4”

Outside silk satin back Book Cover)

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