Lacings of Modernity

                                                                       Contemporary Tidbits

LISA feels that much in the way of (first hand) information is missing from the Corset Community, and that some many of us would be interested in the perspectives
of present-day people who actually wear them.

So, with that in mind, this area devoted to actual experiences from the people who wear our favorite garment, ranging from diaries, to commentary, to letters, and to
anything else  that will give us perspective.

RENA'S JOURNAL - Rena (from the Midwest U.S.) has been tightlacing since the late 1960s, and has written a journal of her experiences, motivations and thoughts. 

ANDRAAX'S DIARY - A male perspective from Australia, beginning in 1989.


BILLEE'S BITS - Short narratives of a personal nature by one of  Long Island's own C&S corset-wearers. 

An interesting true-life follow-up by the author of one of  our works of fiction, The Taxable Body, and his wife, Betty.

RAPHAEL'S BUSINESS TRIP TO BERLIN - Observation of prostitutes (with pictures). 



LADY BEAN'S BEGINNINGS - Unusual, but understandable


ALYSSA V. - Her experience and observations

ROBERTUS' WIFE - Ruminations and picture

TIBIAN'S TIGHT BELT MEMOIRS        Excerpt from a 1945 experiment regard tight belt wearing

GERRY M. of Britain - His experiences & observations

CATHIE T.s JOURNEY - Experience in Turkey

ANONYMOUS' EXPERIENCE with how corsets helped him deal with congenital deterioration of the lumbar spine

FRANÇOIS' LIFE WITH CATHIE - Adventurous biography    

OTHERS (Short)

Roger K.:

"Scribd would be an excellent place for authors of corset-memoirs, like Rena’s terrific 'Rena’s Journal' (above) to post their tales, as well as for authors of corset books to post promotional teasers.
(Once you submit content, you are granted premium membership and can view the
Scribd site’s entire contents [enormous and growing rapidly] for free)."

"The Corset as a Contemporary Garment" - Cynthia

"Ten Things I Love About Wearing A Corset" - Suzanne

My meeting with Ethel Granger; 19 November 1972

Companion to the original Ethel Granger Biography

Second Act: The Autobiography of Joan Collins (Her history in Hollywood was FULL of squeezes!)

Phil Boarder's corset diet experiment involving five trial ladies (2009)

Lucy Williams' Solaced,101 Uplifting Narratives About Corsets, Well-Being, and Hope       $5 on Amazon

Posy S.:

"I am writing because I did a web-search for Iris Norris and came to her obituary on your site.
"My mother in law was French and she died in 2008.  Among her possessions was a picture of a tight corset wearer, her friend Maria-Anna Jäger whom she met in 1963, when they were both at university in Strasbourg.  They were friends for 44 years until Maria-Anna died in 2007.  She never married.  This Polaroid photo was taken on her 60th birthday in 2005 and I think it was an act of bravado to record her appearance on an important day.  In a note, she said that her waist was the same measurement as it had been at the age of 18 years and her corsets were made by Iris Norris.  Also, she said that it may be published after her death.  My mother-in-law said '...keep it until I've gone, my dear.'
So here is a picture, probably of an Iris Norris corset worn by a German lady aged 60 years."


John A.:

"This photo of Velma was on the Internet in about 2000 as part of a series by 'Jamie' presented as letters  to or notes of interviews by a researcher.  The text associated with Velma’s photo is here 


"At one time I think that the series was archived on LISA, then when doubts were cast as to their authenticity,
they were downgraded to 'fiction'. I’ve had a go at searching the site but not managed to find it."

ED:  Neither have we!

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