Vintage Rare 1950s Warner's Black Widow Corselet - New!
Size: Small-Medium (34)
Bust: 34 inches + 83.82 cm
Waist: 24 inches + 63.50 cm to 27 inches + 68.58 cm
Length from centre point of cup to bottom edge: 13 inches + 58.42 cm
Back measurement: 8 inches
Across cup: 8 inches + 20.32 cm
* Original 1957 Warner Black Widow corselet
* Midnight black embroidered nylon and nylon elastic
* Sweetheart strapless neckline
* Cups are underwired
* Boning to help shape the body and a red ribbon emphasises waist
* Hook and eye fastenings at rear
* Attached suspenders with each clip covered by red satin ribbon
* Label reads Warner's Cinch Bra Merry Widow
Warner’s released its first line of “Merry Widow” foundation garments in 1952. The collection was inspired by the release that same year of the movie The Merry Widow, whose star, Lana Turner, was featured wearing an elaborate, long-line corset. While Warner’s Merry Widows changed in style over the course of the 1950s (and only occasionally resembled the styles worn by Turner), they were all promoted for their ability to shape the fashionable wasp-waisted silhouette. “Audacious the way Warner’s Merry Widow belittles your waist, makes the most of your charms. All at once you’re inches smaller!” boasted one advertisement. Merry Widows were designed to reduce the measurement of the waist up to three inches.
Beautiful original Merry Widow corselet in great condition for its age without any notable flaws. It was photographed on a mannequin with a 34 inch bust and a 25 inch waist without the corset being fully extended. Bustier could accommodate larger cup size as seen in the photos. This is a rare and sought after item!
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