By Sarah A. Chrisman
On Sarah A. Chrisman's twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, provided her with a corset. the cloth and the layout have been breathtakingly attractive, yet her brain instantly jam-packed with unwelcome perspectives. even supposing she were in love with the Victorian period all her lifestyles, she had in particular requested her husband to not purchase her a corset—ever. She'd heard how corsets affected the feminine physique and what they represented, and she or he sought after none of it.
However, Chrisman agreed to attempt at the garment... and located it unusually stress-free. The corset, she learned, used to be a device of empowerment—not oppression. After a 12 months of donning a corset each day, her waist had long gone from thirty-two inches to twenty-two inches, she was once experiencing fewer migraines, and her posture greater. She had effectively reworked her physique, her gown, and her way of life into that of a Victorian woman—and every body used to be asking approximately it.
In Victorian Secrets, Chrisman explains how a garment from the prior resulted in a metamorphosis in not just the best way she seen herself, but in addition the methods she understood the key modifications among the cultures of twenty-first-century and nineteenth-century the US. the need to delve extra into the Victorian way of life supplied Chrisman with new perception into problems with physique picture and the way ladies, previous and current, have visible and proceed to determine themselves.