The hourglass shape, the reigning fashion for society women like Eleanor Roosevelt's mother Anna Hall, emphasizes the bust and the hips while enormous hats, voluminous skirts, tight fitting shoes, and the corset greatly restrict their movement. | PBS
Paris, 1908 at The Prix du Prince de Galles at Longchamp racecourse. ...a furore breaks out as three beautiful models enter the enclosure –beneath their exquisite and exceptionally clinging gowns they appear to be wearing – nothing! It was obvious to all who saw them that the young women were wearing neither corset, petticoat nor chemise! The designer of the dresses was Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix.