Red wool corset, 1860s. Red wool became fashionable at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines, & corsets. I assume this was for a large-busted woman, thus no front opening and the additional straps.
Red wool became fashionable for undergarments at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines and corsets. Although fashionable in color, the stays would have been quite unfashionable in construction with the use of shoulder straps, large triangular bust and hip gussets as well as having a closed front instead of a split busk. This pair of stays would have used a long, rigid busk made from ivory, wood, metal or whalebone inserted into the front slot of the corset. The…
c1775 stays: English, cotton and 162 pieces of whalebone, back lacing with center front sewn together. | c1760 panniers: English, four tiers of rattan hoops covered with striped linen. Lent by Martin Kamer. | 18th century shoes: wool canvaswork, high heels. Lent by the Brooklyn Museum. | From the catalog "Revolution in Fashion", Kyoto Costume Institute
With the narrower silhouette, emphasis was placed on the bust, waist and hips. A corset was used to help mold the body to the desired shape. This was achieved by making the corsets longer than before, and by constructing them from separate shaped pieces of fabric. To increase rigidity, they were reinforced with many strips of whalebone, cording, or pieces of leather. Steam-molding, pateted in 1868, helped create a curvaceous contour. (2 pins)