University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Contributions of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Woman Wearing a Corset, Corset Storefront, and Medical Corsets

Mrs. Rhoda Cranston

“The Portrait of Rhoda Cranston ” by John Singleton Copley. Source: Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Gift of Mrs. Alan Cunningham.

 

This 18th-century lady, Mrs. Rhoda Cranston, wears a typical corset of the time, which created an “architectural” shape, turning her torso into a straight-sided cone.   The Founding Mothers of the United States wore such corsets as part of their everyday dress.

Corset Shop

A corset shop in Paris, early 1900s, Eugène Atget. Source: Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Gift of Derwood S. Chase, Jr.

Medical corsets by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, c. 1930 (reprinted c. 1970). Source: Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

Medical corsets by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, c. 1930 (reprinted c. 1970). Source: Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

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