Application of Prown's Model in Analyzing the 1880s Corset of the Goldstein Museum

Translated Titles





陳錦滿(Chin-Man Chen)

Key Words

馬甲 ; 鯨骨 ; 羽骨 ; 19世紀 ; Corset ; Whalebone ; Featherbone ; Nineteenth-Century



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

82期(2008 / 04 / 01)

Page #

133 - 149

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Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Western women had dressed in corsets for hundreds of years. Corsets function to keep the wearers' upper torsos straight and to mold their bodies into ultimate silhouettes. Whalebone, laces, and busks are components used to construct corsets that keep the wearers' upper torsos erect as a result of compressing their waists. The purpose of this study is to analyze an 1880s corset ribbed with featherbone stiffeners by applying Prown's object-analysis process. Prown's model involves four major steps including description, deduction, speculation, and interpretation. Results show that this mass-produced 1880s corset made by Warren Featherbone appears to be a quality product. Its rigidness is achieved using numerous featherbone stiffeners along with two-layer linen to mold the wearer's body into a graceful shape. The corset was possibly worn by a middle-class woman who was young, single, and educated. She may have worn the corset underneath her dress for a formal occasion.

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