Caught the current series of Big Brother the other day. One of the male house mates is a corsetier. A profession that I thought would only exist in a sweat shop in China. To make himself stand out even more, he wears them himself.
Whenever I see a corset I think back to old western movies where female characters always wore corsets. In particular prostitutes. Must say that contemporary corsets produce a splendid figure when warn by women of all shapes. Interesting that the traditional corsets are not functional and require a helping hand for the lacing. Pushing the extreme of aesthetics over function in fashion. In terms of pain and discomfort, consider the Chinese women who bound there feet for a millennium.