Organ bench leg, vintage gown, boning, lamp shades, & various fibers 24” x 14” x 80” 2016 “She is graceful, easy, stylish - possible with the right corset, impossible without it.” The corset, a tight fitting, boned garment, originating from Italy, restricted movement and reshaped the natural position of vital organs inside the woman’s body. The pressure it applied to women's bodies averaged twenty-one pounds but could reach as high as eighty-eight pounds. If worn too long, the corset can crush organs, compress the lungs and fracture several ribs.

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