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Upcoming special exhibition

Corsets

Selected pieces from the belle époque and beyond

19 April 2019 – 6 October 2019

Numerous myths surround the corset. For more than four centuries, it was considered a means of representing feminine beauty and seduction. Never before has a garment aroused so much longing, rumor and fantasy, inspiring so many artists.

The exhibition will feature some 60 corsets dating from 1770 to 1920, including unique, tailor-made and exclusive silk satin designs in bold colors with beautiful embroidery. These corsets of the Nuits de Satin collection from Paris are almost all unworn and new and give a realistic insight into how splendid and elaborate these garments were.

Corsets had different shapes, styles and dimensions, depending on the trends and creative abilities of designers and corset makers. But the corset always remained the key underwear of the 19th century. The wasp waist, an ancient tradition in Europe, was further emphasized by advertising and photography. Women from all classes were encouraged to squeeze their waist, sometimes beyond reason, risking their lives for it. The medical profession condemned this deeply, but without success. It was impossible to ward off this fashion, especially as it glorified the women.

The corset served women throughout fashion history to discreetly emphasize or glamorize their femininity and beauty. This has not changed in the 20th and 21th centuries. From the 1990s, the corset became socially acceptable again. Models in the music scene and the fashion world paved the way for its wider use. Beata Sievi is the only corsetiere in Switzerland specialising in custom-made high quality and exclusive couture corsets. Her corsets are characterized not only by an original design, but also by precious materials, an excellent fit and perfect workmanship. The models in the exhibition show that a corset can also be worn with a pair of jeans or a pantsuit. The corset of today is a garment for brave women who are not afraid to show themselves and their body off.

 

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