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Introduction

Inquiry


Why are corsets no longer part of women's daily lives?



Our names are Audrey-Maude, Andrée-Anne, Anick and Raphaële, and we're four fifteen-year-olds doing a first-time stint as reporters. After studying two photographs, one from the 20th century and one from the 21th, the first thing we discovered was that people in the early 20th century dressed up quite a bit in order to look good and attract attention when they went out. Because of this, we believe that fashion then, like today, was a good means of seduction. On the other hand, there is reason to believe that women then suffered more than today's women in order to appear beautiful and please men. In our time, clothing is still used to indicate social position and as a tool in seduction; however, we believe that clothing as a means of seduction has evolved along with people's ways of thinking. Formerly, the corset was one of those torture devices that women had to endure in order to keep their suitors interested. While today's women still want to be slim, comfort is becoming more of a factor in their choice of undergarments. It was with this question in mind that we embarked upon our enquiry. More precisely, given that we rarely wear corsets any more, we asked, "Why are corsets no longer part of women's daily lives?" In order to understand their almost total disappear-ance, we went back to 1880 to trace their evolution.