War Restrictions returns the laced corset –
1940s Fashion report – 1942
Women have been wearing them for about 4000 years but it’s less than 30 since they have had the painless variety. To most women, in recent times, wearing a corset meant nothing more that wiggling into a firm girdle, which kindly expanded and contracted with body movement. Such comfort has had to take a break. The WPB has stepped into the boudoir and 1. decreed the number of square inches of elastic which may be used and 2. banned zippers completely.(Arrows in the the image above by Life photographer Nina Leen, indicate legal elastic insets and hook-and-eye closure).
The result is that the new corsets in wartime, instead of “stretching to fit,” will have to be designed and ‘laced’ to fit.
Lacings, are a fine thing, according to New York’s Miss Francis Teller. They enable a woman to bind herself firmly where bulges are biggest, and shape remains as laced.
Originally published by Life Magazine 1942