The corset is a garment that shapes the torso of women, and sometimes men, by compressing the waist and supporting the bust. The corset has a long and controversial history, dating back to the 16th century in Europe. Corsets were worn by people of different classes and genders for various reasons, such as fashion, health, modesty, or eroticism.
The shape and style of the corset changed over time, reflecting different ideals of beauty and comfort. In the 16th and 17th centuries, corsets were called bodies or stays, and they were often worn as outer garments with elaborate decorations. In the 18th century, corsets became more rigid and conical, creating a contrast between the narrow waist and the full hips and bust. In the 19th century, corsets reached their peak of popularity and tightness, creating the hourglass silhouette that was fashionable at the time.
The corset has never completely disappeared from fashion, and it has experienced several revivals in the 20th and 21st centuries. Corsets have been used as a symbol of femininity, sexuality, power, or rebellion by various subcultures and movements. Today, corsets are still worn by some people for aesthetic or personal reasons, or as part of historical reenactment or costume.