On the red carpet, on Instagram, even in Mothercare corsets are everywhere. What is behind the disturbing tendency for waist train?
What could be more enjoyable after giving birth than slipping into some high heels and squeezing your postpartum body into a corset? Last week, Mothercare was accused of pandering to the pressure on new moms to lose their pregnancy weight and remain “sexy” by selling a corset, modelled by a woman wearing patent leather platform stilettos.” I’m very anxious for women who are getting the incorrect message ,” Jacqui Tomkins, the chair of Independent Midwives UK, told the Times.” It’s saying the most important thing is for you to be back in shape, looking like Kim Kardashian. That worries me .” The company has since removed the product and image, but is still selling a lace-print band, described as a “tummy tucker”, to be worn around the stomach, which it claims” assistances with slimming down “.
Despite this furore, the corset has been sneaking back into manner for some time. In 2016, Prada resuscitated the garment in a more utilitarian style, worn loosely laced over thick tailoring and sweaters. This style, while still designed to bring attention to a trim waist, was not rooted in old ideas of ” sexiness “. But for autumn/ wintertime 2019, fashion designer showed a more traditional style, with a return to full corsets and wide, waist-cinching belts.
And on social media, this traditional silhouette has only one even tighter grip. There are more than a million posts on Instagram with a” waist develop” tag. Many are niche corset-enthusiasts- a culture that could come under the categories of retro style, body modification, fetishism or cosplay- but the trend for an exaggerated hourglass figure has also turned waist develop mainstream.
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