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Numerous documents from the early 19th century highlight great debates on the wasp waist. Doctors disapproved strongly due to large number of health risks to women, others argued that the under garments restricted women's movement in performing their normal day to day duties, whilst the self-appointed fashion experts of the day claimed it to be extremely attractive and feminine.
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Despite the protests of the self-appointed fashion experts, there were increased demands to adapt women's clothing to the laws of health. The abolition of the corset was demanded, but abolition wouldn't happen until an acceptable alternative was available.
In 1908, Fred Cox designed an undergarment called the 'Liberty Bodice' for his daughter, Freda. This was the start of an underwear revolution that would free generations of children from the constrictions and health risks of Victorian corsetry.
Although the children had now been spared from the constrictions of Victorian corsetry the same could not be said for the women of that era. From 1910 onwards, the lower part of the woman's body was squeezed into a narrow straight line.
As recorded in many undergarment advertisements from that period, women are seen with elongated bodies without a waist line, hips or bottom. Once again, the secret to the profile lay in the very constricting undergarments, corsets with extra-long whalebone ribs.
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