At the Winter Writers Retreat I attended last month, I had the opportunity to hear best-selling author Cathy Marie Hake discuss the Victorian & Edwardian Eras. She began by allowing us, the all-female audience, to try on corsets over our t-shirts to experience the undergarment for ourselves. It definitely lifted, squeezed, and separated. Quite honestly, it made my back feel better, although I don’t think I would have liked to wear the contraption all day. I was also reminded that the corsets available today are not as crude and constricting as those from days gone by. Ladies back then did not relax in a chair or recline on a sofa. They sat on the edge because their corsets would not allow them to do otherwise.
Cathy also dressed the part for her workshop and brought along items from her collection of vintage clothing, explaining various pieces and how they'd be worn.