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Beneath It All : A Century of French Lingerie
by Farid Chenoune
Corsets : A Visual History
by R.L. Shep (Compiler) 
The Corset: A Cultural History
by Valerie Steele
Book Description: The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the history of fashion. Although regarded as an essential element of fashionable dress from the Renaissance into the twentieth century, the corset was also frequently condemned as an instrument of torture and the cause of ill health. Why did women continue to don steel and whalebone corsets for four hundred years? And why did they finally stop? This lavishly illustrated book offers fascinating and often surprising answers to these questions. Valerie Steele, one of the world's most respected fashion historians, explores the cultural history of the corset, demolishing myths about this notorious garment and revealing new information and perspectives on its changing significance over the centuries. Whereas most historians have framed the history of the corset in terms of oppression vs. liberation and fashion vs. health and comfort, Steele contends that women's experiences of corsetry varied considerably and cannot be fully understood within these narrow frames. Drawing on extensive research in textual, visual, and materials sources, the author disproves the beliefs that the corset was dangerously unhealthy and was designed primarily for the oppression of women. Women persisted in wearing corsets--despite powerful male authorities trying to dissuade them--because corsetry had positive connotations of social status, self-discipline, youth, and beauty. In the twentieth century the garment itself fell out of fashion but, Steele points out, it has become internalized as women replace the boned corset with diet, exercise, and plastic surgery. The book concludes with insightful analyses of such recent developments as the reconception of the corset as a symbol of rebellion and female sexual empowerment, the revival of the corset in contemporary high fashion, and its transformation from an item of underwear to outerwear.
Hardcover: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.93 x 11.59 x 9.49
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; (November 1, )
ISBN: 0300090714

Fetish Fashion: Undressing the Corset
by Larry Utley, Autumn Carey-Adamme (Introduction)
Paperback: 120 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.45 x 10.98 x 9.00
Publisher: Green Candy Press; (March 25, )
ISBN: 1931160066

The History of Underclothes
by C. Willett Cunnington, Phillis Cunnington
Paperback: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.58 x 8.17 x 5.61
Publisher: Dover Pubns; Reprint edition (June 1992)
ISBN: 0486271242

I Wonder What's Under There? : A Brief History of Underwear (Lift-The-Flap Book (Harcourt Brace & Co.)
by Deborah Nourse Lattimore (Author)

Handbook of Lingerie: A Man's Guide to Choosing Lingerie for the Woman in His Life
by Andrew Wilson

Lingerie Secrets: Sew a Perfect Fit for Every Body
by Jan Bones
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1000 Dessous: A History of Lingerie
by Taschen, Gilles Neret

Lingerie : A Lexicon of Style
by Caroline Cox

Lingerie: A History & Celebration of Silks, Satins, Laces, Linens & Other Bare Essentials
by Catherine Bardey, Zeva Oelbaum (Photographer)
Book Description: The retrospective of lingerie through the ages offers the admirer and wearer fashion tips by example for making these bare essentials look great so you can feel great. Lingerie is part icon, part turn-on, and an international symbol of feminine mystique.

Author and former fashion stylist Catherine Bardey takes a tasteful and entertaining look at the history, iconography and appeal of women's underwear, from bloomers and emancipation and the evolution of underwear. From the confining corsets of the Edwardian era to the conical shaped bras of the 1950s to the sheer, supportive shapes of today's lingerie, styles have changed dramatically through the decades, influenced by cultural changes as well as sports and the entertainment industry.
Lingerie is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs, illustrations, advertisements and ephemera.
Hardcover: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 9.52 x 4.80
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Pub;
ISBN: 1579121055

Uplift : The Bra in America
by Jane Farrell-Beck, Colleen Gau
Hardcover: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 9.76 x 6.40
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; (December )
ISBN: 0812236432 

Sewing Lingerie (Singer Sewing Reference Library)
by The Editors of Creative Publishing international
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Rich Larson's Haunted House of Lingerie Volume 2
by Rich Larson

Corsets and Crinolines
by Norah Waugh
Paperback: 176 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.45 x 11.74 x 8.74
Publisher: Theatre Arts Books; (December 1990)
ISBN: 0878305262
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Unmentionables : A Brief History of Underwear
by Elaine Benson, John Esten (Contributor)
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Waisted efforts : an illustrated guide to corset making
by Robert Doyle
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The Little Corset Book : A Workbook on Period Underwear
by Bonnie Holt Ambrose
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The History of Men's Underwear : From Union Suits to Bikini Briefs
by Gary M. Griffin
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