Miss Hildago

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Dear Sir, – I do hope you don’t think I write too often, but your correspondence columns contain so much that is interesting that I am always feeling that I must butt in. Now what about “F. M. C.” who condemns the wearing of corsets? “Let’s be natural,” she says, yet to carry this to … Continue reading Miss Hildago

The Hour Glass Vogue

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To “The Dresser.” Dear Madam. – I noted with interest your intimation, accompanied by a design on the Fashion page, of an attempt by the Paris modistes to re­introduce the hour-glass vogue. I recently returned from a visit to my sister who resides in St. Nazaire, and during my stay there I had many opportunities … Continue reading The Hour Glass Vogue

Charm of Mid-Victorian Dress

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Dear Sir, – Please do not think I am gushing when I say that the popularity of “London Life” is undoubtedly due to your obvious efforts to please, and your slogan “Hear all sides” makes the weekly budget of correspondence something worth looking forward to. The little fads of readers which you publish are intensely … Continue reading Charm of Mid-Victorian Dress

Men Dislike Deformities

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To the Editor, London Life.Dear Sir,For my own part, I have no hesitation in saying “No!” I like to see a woman as God ordained her to be, and not one of those silly creatures who are afraid of showing the figure Nature has given her. “Wasp-Waist” (a fascinating title) must be very vain to … Continue reading Men Dislike Deformities

Admires Wasp Waists

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Sir, – Did I see a devotee of Victorian fashions in Farringdon street the other day? A girl wearing a blue coat, fur-trimmed at collar and cuffs, obviously extremely laced. As “Victorian” once wrote in your paper, her walk gave it away. Also the “hang” of her coat at the waist. I followed her from … Continue reading Admires Wasp Waists

How Tiny Waists Were Cultivated

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In the great capitals of the world, prior to 1910, there were many corsetierers who had extensive facilities for assisting young fashionable ladies to acquire the maximum slenderness of waist. Some corset shops catered entirely to the Tiny Waist trade, and many of the larger shops made cultivation of extremely small waists a speciality.It was … Continue reading How Tiny Waists Were Cultivated