Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

5-1-2011

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Sandra Hedgepeth

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

In this thesis I endeavor to create an historical corset using a new subset of skills I learned throughout my education at Western Oregon University. I create the corset using skills from classes I have taken in the course of acquiring my degree, through the help of my advisor, and with new skills learned from the research of this project. It is my wish that I understand and am able to replicate in the future, the steps needed in order to create a corset. This includes pattern making and altering, cutting, stitching and fitting. I also wish to impart that knowledge unto others. I also impart historical knowledge about the history of the corset through a brief survey of its creation, use and popularity throughout time. Its use as a foundation garment, the different popular materials of the time, popular opinion and social impact of the corset as well. The historical basis of the corset relays its importance in fashion history. This thesis tracks the steps of this journey through pictures and comments and enables the reader to see how a corset it made through its various steps. The use of pictures enables the work to be seen first -hand instead of merely imagined. This thesis also allows record of what not to do for future projects, or a forewarning f or others embarking on the same journey. This thesis allows the reader to not only see my work, but possibly see how interesting the construction of a corset or a garment can be. Perhaps this might inspire projects for the future among those who read this.

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