The Elizabeth's Effigy Corset, period 1606, 5 patterns in 5 sizes

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The corset is split into three parts, one back and two front, and it is fastened in front. The front section has two slightly curved sides and two wide shoulder straps. The straps go from the center back and radiate at an angle of thirty degrees, clutching at the top they should be knotted at the side of the front neckline. The two front sections form a wide neckline while the center front ends in a very deep U shape.
The second original finding corsets, carefully studied by fashion scholars, is the “Effigy corset” belonged to the Queen Elizabeth I of England. It is held in Westminster Abbey, together with a dummy that reproduces her body proportions (effigy), a pair of underpants (drawers) and other items that belonged to her. It is believed that this pair of body, also called stays, has been worn in the last years of his reign (remembering that the queen died in 1606). The corset in question is split into three parts, one back and two front, and it is fastened in front. The front section has two slightly curved sides and two wide shoulder straps. The straps go from the center back and radiate at an angle of thirty degrees, clutching at the top they should be knotted at the side of the front neckline. The two front sections form a wide neckline while the center front ends in a very deep U shape. In this way the corset could adapt to the long bodice fashionable at that time. The corset is fastened at the center front stiffened by two Busks, with 29 eyelets on each side, while the rest is completely boned with large whale bones about an inch and a half, inserted into channels between the two stitched layers of the bodice. The framework is extended in the embedded basque tabs. They taper themselves from a width of about three centimetres to three and are long about ten. This corset was made with some moleskin twill cotton fabric and is fully edged with soft leather, around the upper and lower hems and the straps. Under armholes were also found fragments of linen fabric, presumably the residue of removed applications used to absorb the sweat.

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