Corsetry was a rather defining feature of Edwardian era fashion. It was at times both horrifying and beautiful. It rearranged the organs within---ugh! It's difficult not to shudder. But there is an odd aesthetic beauty to some of it. In a quote from "Ragtime", Emma Goldman talks to Evelyn Nesbit: "My God, stays like steel. Your waist is pinched tighter than a purse string. … It is ironic that you are thought of in homes all over America as a shameless licentious wanton."