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Definition of corsetry

: underwear (such as corsets, girdles, and brassieres) meant to shape a woman's body

Examples of corsetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And at Sunday's BAFTA Awards, Daisy Ridley's sheer caped gown offered sheer corsetry beneath. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 fashion trends that dominated Oscar season, from opera gloves to lady tuxedos," 4 Feb. 2020 An Englewood native and alum of Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Columbia College, McCray specializes in corsetry, tailoring and couture bead work. Tracy Swartz,, "Meet the 3 Chicago designers on the new season of ‘Project Runway,’ the most the show has ever had," 2 Dec. 2019 All that corsetry at this point in time is hard to countenance. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Blood, Money, Oil. And Clothes.," 30 Sep. 2019 After all, who wouldn’t want to wear corsetry and denim-on-denim with the same swagger as the superstar herself. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna’s New Fenty Collection Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight," 21 May 2019 Forget the Baywatch scoop-neck and say hello to ruffles, embellishments, and even corsetry! Anny Choi, Vogue, "Why a One-Piece Swimsuit and Full Skirt (Or Short!) Is the Perfect Summer Pair," 3 July 2019 Victoria’s Secret veteran Gigi Hadid led the charge in lingerie as the stage filled up with models, who often turned out to be dancers disguised in neon body suits and corsetry. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Rihanna Keeps Reinventing the Lingerie Fashion Show with Savage X Fenty," 11 Sep. 2019 If their club-kid inspired lineup took deconstuction almost to its revealing limit, elsewhere tailoring and corsetry was used to create a more contained silhouette, though the styling was always dramatic. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Notes from the Underground: With a New Book Out, Bernadette Van-Huy Tracks Her Evolution from Bernadette Corporation to Now," 5 Nov. 2018 Sleeves are bigger, necklines are more square in shape, and corsetry is officially back in style (even on the men’s ready-to-wear runways). Alice Bell, Vogue, "The 6 Simple Statement Dresses You Need This Summer," 27 June 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Corsetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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