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    (via Detail of collections 1870s-1880s | KCI Digital Archives) This corset is a vivid reminder of the painting, “Nana,” by Edouard Manet (1832–1883). The center-front busk and bones mold the curve from the waist to the abdomen, while neatly arranging the lower abdomen, as well. Women used corsets in an effort to get closer to an ideal physical form of the time; until the beginning of the 20th century, their waists were tightened by the corset. With the development of modern ...

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    Corset, French c.1880s ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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