As recently as 70 years ago, foundation garments, as corsets were called, were fundamental to the way that women dressed. Eleri Lynn, author of a new book about the V&A’s huge underwear collection, gives a brief history of shapewear, starting with the hourglass and S-bend forms - and steel and whalebone engineering - of Victorian and Edwardian corsets, carries on through the breast-flattening bandeau bras worn by 1920s flappers, the New Look underwear of Christian Dior, the conicle bullet bras of the 1950s and concludes with the arrival of Lycra in the 1960s and the renaissance of corsetry through the new popularity of burlesque. (Description via Youtube)


Grumpy begin the red gems in the most magical place of all.

Dopey rush to the trees of shush where the orange gem will fall.

Bashful stay loose the vines of vamoose, hide the violet stone.

sneezy zoom to the diamond duns where the jade green gem calls home.

oh the leaning tower of mattresses covers sleepys gem of blue.

and doc seek the indigo rock in the conicle cap of truth

and happy find the yellow gem in the hills that yell a lot.