Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mary Saunders, 1938
Not on view
The corset was deemed necessary for shaping the body into a fashionable silhouette, and among many more constricting designs, it is interesting to see an example of what was considered a healthful option. This corset by Dr. Warner's includes cords rather than the traditional bones to give structure, straps for extra support and aeration holes over the fully covered bust. Although to modern standards this still seems restrictive, for the period it was very advanced and in a sense, freeing.
Marking: Stamped: "Dr. Warner's Coraline Health/ Feb. 11, 1879, April 20th, and Nov. 23d, 1880, May 3d, 1881, May 14th, 1889" Stamped: "Medium Waist Full Form" Stamped: "None Genuine Without This Stamp"