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Maternity Dress

Alden O’Brien

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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Corsetry and Invisibility of Maternal Body

Leigh Summers

Source: Bound to Please. A History of the Victorian Corset 2001

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One of the strongest reasons for the adoption of the corset, though it is not commonly avowed, is the belief that it conduces beauty and symmetry of figure. Slender forms are usually praised, and chiefly because they are associated with the litheness and undeveloped graces of youth.Gould-WoolsonAbba, Dress Reform: A Series of Lectures Delivered in Boston, On Dress As It Affects The Health of Women, Robert Brothers, Boston, 1874, p. 208.

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