only noticed now the clear implication by messrs. Fischel & van Boehn that Liszt, at Karlsruhe & perhaps all the way from Switzerland, was not only wearing the soft grey felt [hat] given him by Wagner, but was wearing nothing else.
I mean if he was, they would probably have said
"When women were beginning again to wear corsets, waistcoats and coats were cut so close to the figure that men were obliged, whether they liked it or not, to lace themselves in, and those who refused to wear corsets had to substitute a basque belt worn next the skin" c. 1830
no more listening to pro- (or even anti-) victorian corset historians who conveniently leave out men's architectural underpinnings! NO MORE problematizing/championing women's armatures as if the men belting themselves in under their crimson satin waistcoats are of no interest!!
"trouser was worn sometimes loose, sometimes close-fitting; in the latter case natural shortcomings were compensated for by false calves, just as the ladies in 1796 wore false arms under their long gloves (and even false figures made of wax)"

I need illustrations of the latter
in a different decade again but "The vainer men, who swore by the figure, also wore corsets just about the time when women were giving them up...Herr von Dorville fell down dead after dancing violently; he had in his vanity laced himself to death at the knees, waist and throat"
the whole 19th c. long there was no place you could go to be safe from other women playing guitars at you. harmonicas too sometimes ImageImageImageImage

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