Why Women Fainted. Fainting and “fainting rooms” were common in the 18 th and 19 th century because of the tight lacing of corsets required to be fashionable. Corsets restricted breathing, compressed internal organs and put pressure on bones in the rib cage.
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French fashion 1765
used Pannier side hoops underneath
British fashion 1880, busts were padded too
In the 1860s, corsets were stiffened with whalebone or steel. By the 1880s, the dress reform movement was campaigning against the pain and damage to internal organs and bones caused by tight lacing.
Grey cotton bustle stuffed with horsehair. These soft quilted bustles became popular in the early 1890\'s when the old style jutting out 1880\'s bustle went out of fashion.
Flapper styles were easier to sew and thus accessible to middle class women.
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