Perceptions of Body Image Throughout History

  • Jan 1, 1500

    The 1500's

    The 1500's
    During this time the fashionable body shape for women was a large, rounded lower half and a flat and small torso. Women used cages to achieve the bell effect on their skirts. It must've looked pretty odd.
  • The (bet you can't guess it) 1600's

    The (bet you can't guess it) 1600's
    In the seventeeth century, corsets became the dominant undergarment. While still compressing the chest, the corset was the most major lead up to busty and curvacious women yet.
  • The 1700's

    The 1700's
    In the 1700's the hoops in the skirts became oval shaped instead of round, with the ring being flatter at the front and back. Corsets evolved into a more modern shape, eccentuating the breasts and flattening the stomach.
  • The 1800's

    The 1800's
    During this century, a more flowing shape was the zeitgeist. However, it didn't last long and soon women were trying to get the hourglass shape. This led to smaller corsets and bodices to bring in the waist and bring out the breasts. Then later in the century, women adopted a more natural look and it was frowned upon to be very thin.
  • The 1900's

    The 1900's
    In the 1900's, the health corset was released and women got a softer look. As athletics became more popular, a sporty look was prominent. Girls became more flatchested, to the point where they would bind their breasts. This led to the modern brassiere (bra).
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    Perceptions of Body Image Throughout History

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  • 1950's +

    1950's +
    From this period onwards fashion has changed every 5 to 10 years. It is impossible to predict what type of fashion will land where. Although this trend has been influenced by the media a lot, it is very unpredictable and can be a nationwide craze just by one famous person wearing a certain type of clothes on television.