1600 BC: The Snake Goddess
Contrary to modern belief, the corset's history dates back to ancient times. The earliest depiction is a 1600 BC Minoan figurine, known as the Snake Goddess, associated with fertility, life, and death. She is depicted with a corset that leaves her breasts exposed, a typical element for priestesses. This figurine resides in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, one of Greece's major museums.
1560: A Masculine Silhouette via the Corset
The corset reappeared during the Renaissance, particularly in 16th-century Spain. The goal was to emulate a masculine figure, reducing curves and flattening the chest, as a reflection of moral and physical firmness.
( Sur la photo: La fille à l'eventail, titien circa 1560)
1820: The Hourglass Figure Emerges
In 1820, the corset's popularity surged, emphasizing a wasp waist and hourglass figure. This style, often worn short and barely covering the chest, enhanced the seductiveness of the female form.
1900: The Belle Époque and the S-Shaped Corset
The late 1800s, a period of social, economic, technological, and political progress, saw the creation of the 'abdominal corset' by Inès Gaches-Sarraute. This corset, known as the Belle Époque corset, emphasized the hips while freeing the bust, creating a rigid S-shape. In the UK, it was known as the Edwardian corset, contrasting the Victorian style
(Sur la photo une silhouette en S)
1920: Girdles Replace Corsets
( Sur la photo Marylin monroe)
1947: Christian Dior's New Look
Christian Dior's 1947 New Look collection reintroduced the hourglass figure. He envisioned "flower women" with soft shoulders, full busts, slim waists, and wide skirts. This era also saw the rise of the pin-up, a new feminine ideal characterized by sensual, harmonious forms achieved through sculpting lingerie.
(Sur la photo le mannequin Jean pachet qui porte une création de Christian Dior)
1990: Madonna and Jean-Paul Gaultier
In 1990, Madonna, wearing a Jean Paul-Gaultier corset, reconfirmed herself as the queen of provocation. The corset made a comeback in high fashion, cinema, and theater.
(Sur la photo, Madonna en 1984)
The Corset in the 21st Century
The corset, despite its paradoxes, remains an integral part of women's fashion history. Today, while replaced by girdles and bustiers, it still holds a special place for marking life's significant events, embodying the essence of femininity.
(Sur la photo Rihanna dans les rues de New york en 2021)
The Corset Swimsuit
Introducing the Sahra.Nko corset swimsuit, a blend of girdle, bustier, and corset. This new corset combines slimming function with elegant style and unparalleled comfort, thanks to premium quality design and materials. It's the corset of the 21st century, freeing you from the restrictive sensations of traditional girdles and corsets.