How to undress a lady
More specifically, a Victorian lady.
The Wall Street Journal reports,
Deeanne Gist [a Victorian underwear expert] stood in a packed hotel conference room wearing nothing but her underwear.
. . .  Ms. Gist was giving a workshop on Victorian clothing at the Romance Writers of America’s annual convention this summer. The romance novelists had gathered in New York to learn how to dress—and undress—heroines in their novels.
Of course, there is a lot of historically inaccurate undressing going on in romance novels. For instance, “[Ms. Gist] emphasized the impossibility of ripping off and relacing a corset during a quickie in a carriage.” Good to know.
I applaud novelists’ attempts to be as historically accurate as possible, as well as the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of this important issue. But I can’t help but think that there must be a better way to research this than by attending seminars and listening to lectures by people in their undies. All of this “historical accuracy” and “research” seems like pretext to take an interest in Victorian underwear and corsets.
If you want to know how a corset works, just go buy one.
If you are not one of those women who needs an excuse take a peek at a corset, then check out Dark Garden. A lovely reader suggested I feature them on my blog and this seems to be a perfect opportunity. If you are not familiar with Dark Garden, their designs are worn by Dita Von Teese.
Tiny top hat tip — Bryndis