So, sportswear companies are selling "corsets" now. Let's investigate.

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For a closer peek at a real Khiva-style corselet, Redthreaded has just acquired an extant one and has put out a fantastic examination video!
Super special thanks to Constance Mackenzie for the athletic corsetry chats and for reviewing my research; I reserve any factual errors or misinterpretations as my own. Constance's lovely channel:
Labor ethics disclaimer from the brand which the corset was purchased:
Despite this disclaimer, however, I was unable to find satisfactory evidence to prove that the brand have established contractual requirements with their manufacturers to ensure that the factories commissioned to manufacture products are paying their employees at living wages. Furthermore, I was disappointed to find that this brand is one of the many guilty of cancelling partly- or fully-completed orders this year without paying manufacturers for labor performed. For this reason, I do not endorse this brand and I do consider this purchase to be in violation of my anti-fast fashion endeavors. Though I won’t be returning the item, as that doesn’t do anything productive, I will upcycle it into something I can use-and intend to give the purchase of this garment a net-positive outcome by donating the ad revenue from this video to the Clean Clothes Campaign (, an organisation which is dedicated to improving garment worker rights and conditions worldwide.
2019 report on brands and ethical labor policies/future plans:
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Gartland, Elizabeth. "The American lady-tailor glove-fitting system of dress making". Philadelphia, PA, 1884.
Hill, Lucille (editor). "Athletics & Outdoor Sports for Women, 1903 edition: The First Book of American Women's Sports". The Lost Century of Sports Collection, December 20, 2014.
Warner, Patricia. "When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear". Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Press, August 2, 2006.
*I actually disagree with this; I mean, yes, it *could* probably be worn over another corset, but the advertisement declares that this corselet 'supersedes the corset' and highlights its intention to be worn only on the upper part of the body, allowing for perfect freedom of movement in the lower. I think they've drawn this conclusion because of the strange little buttoned tabs coming out the bottom of it, but the advertisement shows the woman using these tabs to button the waist of her skirt in place. Since the Khiva corselet is very short in length, it wouldn't provide that secure anchor point at the waist that normal, bust-to-hip corsets do.
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  1. Bernadette Banner
    Bernadette Banner
    Ամիս առաջ

    A general reply to comments on the fit: it is *extremely* roomy, but this was the smallest size they offered and, judging from the likewise extremely loose fit on the model, I can only presume that this is meant to be the intended fit of this design. They've deliberately dressed her in a S rather than an XS for the product photo, and this isn't anything out of the ordinary in modern clothing construction: clothing nowadays tends to automatically be built with tons of ease, because consumers just aren't comfortable in tight-fitting non-stretch clothing anymore; even corset patterns produced by modern 'big four' pattern companies come built with this roominess built into the pattern, which, while comfy and convenient for modern everyday clothes, rather defeats the purpose of a tight-fitting corset. The footage you see of active performance in the garment is following a slight alteration to narrow the body of the garment by taking a small amount out of straight seams in the back to increase the snugness, whereas I had not yet altered it for the initial try-on; there was not enough difference in support to warrant mentioning: it only ended up constricting my ribcage and limiting breathing without still providing any bust support, since the bones are not pushing up from an anchored point at the waist as in historical stays and corsetry, but are pre-bent into their own curved position with the intent of building out an Ideal Bust Shape rather than working *with* the bust to create a supported shape. Yes, I could have made a more substantial alteration under the bust, tapered some of the seams and re-shaped the bones, but then the entire experiment would be pointless as I would be deviating too much from the original pattern shapes to give a fair assessment of its effectiveness. There is also the glaring obviousness that I am a very small-busted lady to begin with, and so my assessment of this cannot necessarily speak for the supportiveness of this garment on larger busts. (Any larger-busted costubers who want to give this a try and might fit into my XS, hit me up before I upcycle this into a bust bodice. ;D) It should also be said, in case this wasn't clear from the video, that this is not a "roast" of this garment. It is a genuine investigation of a thing that clearly has historical influence, and I was curious to see how it performed. While obviously it wasn't up to historical standards, this clearly wasn't the goal; I commend its nod to historical dress nonetheless.

    1. D T
      D T
      20 օր առաջ

      @penguine342 Absolutely true now I think. There used to be three-The three stripes triangle was performance, the trefoil was Originals (old school, retro) and another logo for sports style. Now adidas (never capitalized) just has the two.

    2. D T
      D T
      20 օր առաջ

      @Catherine Just Catherine I spent my first 10 years in the corporate world working for that company, including doing fit testing. While I loved my team, all that I learned and the work I did, other parts of the company left much to be desired. Their biggest female promoted athlete was Anna Kornicova-known more as a model and Enrique Iglesias’ GF than for actually playing tennis. The vast majority of women’s product produced at that time were “take downs” of men’s product, i.e., it was designed for them and altered to fit a woman. It was not designed ground-up for a woman. And even when it was, like my foray into fit testing, the pattern-maker was a literal ballerina who just could not understand why plus-sized (albeit FIT) women would not want to wear skin tight, belly-bearing, baby pink ensembles. 🤦🏽‍♀️ It was such a breath of fresh air when they started working with Stella McCartney, though she maxed out at about a size 10. Still, an improvement. So long way to say, this corset surprises me little.

    3. Linda Myfatcatcow
      Linda Myfatcatcow
      23 օր առաջ

      @Marlju Sweety I completely agree with you. The logo front and center is extremely off-putting. This is a hard NO for me.

    4. Almeda Riddle
      Almeda Riddle
      26 օր առաջ

      Goddamn you cut a figure in a black dress like Vivienne leigh.

    5. Erica McGhie
      Erica McGhie
      27 օր առաջ

      @Bernadette Banner I’m genuinely interested in watching you upcycle it into a bust bodice and doing what you need to to add structure to the back to make it more supportive. Maybe its because I have back problems/chronic pain problems but I genuinely like having tighter clothes on. Ive been thinking about trying to find a place that makes/specializes in corsets for years. I think it would really be worth it. Can’t wait to watch that video!

  2. CallMeNIBS
    2 ժամ առաջ


  3. dakota manchette
    dakota manchette
    18 ժամ առաջ

    I'd love to see Bernadette make a modern day sports corset with modern materials

  4. Somethin m
    Somethin m
    22 ժամ առաջ

    It wouldn't support your posture at all would it

  5. Greta Bartels
    Greta Bartels
    Օր առաջ

    isnt it a little too big for you?

  6. khaxjc1
    Օր առաջ

    The idea of moving as someone with hobbies is horrifying. What if stuff gets lost? What is actually worth giving up when you'll have to rebuy? Ughhhhhhggghuuhggaah!

  7. herman bean
    herman bean
    Օր առաջ

    I lived in japan for a chunk of my life and when I saw a movie where someone was having a corset tightened in one scene, I specifically remember thinking, "wow, that's a weird looking obi" 😂😂😂😂

  8. Poppy Sands
    Poppy Sands
    Օր առաջ

    It seem like in every film involving corsets EVER seems to involve someone fainting. If everyone fainted every time they wore a corset they probably would have been abandoned fairly quickly🤣

  9. comradepeggyhill
    Օր առաջ

    I really enjoyed your videos that included the New York skyline and the plumes of steam from nearby buildings :( but i hope you have tons of new adventures in London!!! I can’t wait to see how you include the scenery in your videos.

  10. Ari Markov
    Ari Markov
    2 օր առաջ

    watching bernadette as a reward for finishing my math test

  11. Bria Tia
    Bria Tia
    2 օր առաջ

    If this were structured like an actual corset do you really think athletes would want to do heavy physical activities in an actual corset? It’s impractical in modern day times. Dry fit material helps transport sweat, heat, and moisture away from the skin to the outside garment where it evaporates. This modern athletic “corset” will do that job better than any impractical old “athletic” corset can offer. I rather work out in the modern athletic corset than put myself in an old “sport” corset to be very honest.

  12. rosejam
    3 օր առաջ

    12:26...those colours intentional, or? 👁👁

  13. Brunhilde Burningham
    Brunhilde Burningham
    3 օր առաջ

    I suspect, they actually had a very educated designer, whom couldn't execute what they wanted to and is now having nightmares of historically correct corsets screaming to them in side boning.

  14. Conner Knight
    Conner Knight
    4 օր առաջ

    Bernadette, if you ever happen to see this, I remember a while back you mentioned in a Skillshare ad-read that you were doing some learning on there about storytelling, camerawork, etc. and I just gotta say that it's really payed off. Your videos have never been bad by any means but its abundantly clear that you've steadily increased and improved your filmmaking and visual storytelling abilities with each video. It's fun to see someone grow and evolve, and I just wanted to give you some credit for your effort and tell you that it noticeably shows.

  15. George Grierson
    George Grierson
    4 օր առաջ

    Do you ever wear blue jeans? Just wondering...

  16. Nicky Royal
    Nicky Royal
    6 օր առաջ

    Where did you get the cake from? Asking 4 me cause I live in NY and like cake:)

  17. Ella York
    Ella York
    7 օր առաջ

    Does anyone have advice on where to get a practical daily wear corset? My online shopping ventures have only lead me to costume and sexy ones.

  18. Caroline Grace
    Caroline Grace
    7 օր առաջ

    Why are you just allowed to literally pick at the museum collection corsets, what 😅 1. How did you get them and 2. Is that not unnecessary wear and tear? 🤔

  19. DSQueenie
    7 օր առաջ

    9:47 is that a Scottish flag?

  20. Holl Mighty
    Holl Mighty
    8 օր առաջ

    I want one.

  21. IceBetweenEyeliner
    8 օր առաջ

    I MUST know what type of animal is in the cage!

  22. Eruyt
    8 օր առաջ

    Imagine if they went all the way with this piece with a more structural fabric, layers on the inside, boning on the back, lacing and adidas logos for the corset flossing! zz * 3 *)// bibit bobit bum!

  23. Lisa Catarsi
    Lisa Catarsi
    8 օր առաջ

    I fell in love with Notion all over again

  24. Photini Thorp
    Photini Thorp
    8 օր առաջ

    I mean.... it's at least kinda cute? lol

  25. Azmuel
    9 օր առաջ

    Could you do a general corset overview, like what kind of corset should you get for what purpose

  26. sneaky_ zombie
    sneaky_ zombie
    10 օր առաջ


  27. Marsha A
    Marsha A
    10 օր առաջ

    Is that thing comparable to the tank tops with a shelf "bra" sewn in?

  28. Melody Lacy
    Melody Lacy
    10 օր առաջ

    Dear Miss Banner, how can I send you a small gift?

  29. Josh Russell
    Josh Russell
    11 օր առաջ

    sport corset - sportset

  30. Alexandria
    12 օր առաջ

    I love your ace mask! I've just been using the cloth masks my work gave me, but now I want to make one for myself...

  31. Nadzeya Sinitsa
    Nadzeya Sinitsa
    12 օր առաջ

    Just coincidently bought this a couple of weeks ago. Honestly I love it, and I find that it does improve my posture a tiny bit, because the bones in the front prevent me from slouching. Loved the video and the historical take. Thank you.

  32. Hussi Petty
    Hussi Petty
    12 օր առաջ

    1:08 what's this plastic corset called ?

  33. Teaira Shanholtz
    Teaira Shanholtz
    12 օր առաջ

    The women's suffrage mask lol I think the green would be substituted for a gold color for the United States. Correct if I'm wrong although I don't think I am lol

  34. Elise G
    Elise G
    13 օր առաջ

    Is that a non-binary pride flag face-mask?

  35. Bradley Gibbs
    Bradley Gibbs
    13 օր առաջ

    Why did I watch this?

  36. Fairytale Farm
    Fairytale Farm
    13 օր առաջ

    Wait a minute about the flossing. If that kept boning from poking out in a corset, would it work if I did that to my modern bras, to prevent them eventually trying to kill me by shivving me in the side-boob. Please someone tell me if this would work ...

    1. Fairytale Farm
      Fairytale Farm
      13 օր առաջ

      I mean would it prevent the underwire squirming out and stabbing me ...

  37. Prince Vincent
    Prince Vincent
    13 օր առաջ

    Seeing the genderqueer pride flag on your mask warmed my heart so much.

    1. Krissy M
      Krissy M
      10 օր առաջ

      It's probably the women's suffragettes movement flag. Easy to confuse. Some people also thought it's the ace flag.

  38. the808songbird
    13 օր առաջ

    Was that a genderqueer flag mask?? 😍💜🤍💚

  39. Marjolein Tomassen
    Marjolein Tomassen
    13 օր առաջ

    I have a 19th century ad of a rowing corset. It looks very uncomfortable

  40. lyric curran
    lyric curran
    14 օր առաջ

    I couldn't focus my whole mind on the video, because I kept thinking that the lighting and how you did your makeup made you look even more like a fairy than you already do! I think I need to request a makeup tutorial...

  41. Aaron Glett
    Aaron Glett
    14 օր առաջ

    So basically they engineered a non-corset corset.

  42. kerkie
    15 օր առաջ

    You know, I was just looking through some vintage photos and it hit me over the head like a brick! I always thought Anna Held (1872-1918) looked SOOO familar to me. Then I found this photo Was Bernadette Anna Held in a previous life?!

  43. Pallas C
    Pallas C
    15 օր առաջ

    sports corset: sportset??????

  44. Riotiro
    15 օր առաջ

    12:27 hm the genderqueer flag

  45. AwkwardTurtle
    17 օր առաջ

    Just binged your videos and I'm so inspired (and intimidated) to make myself a coat. I hope one day in the future you'll make a blouse... Til then I'll keep watching your marvelous endeavors

  46. AK Bauer
    AK Bauer
    17 օր առաջ

    Just selling sex. As per usual.

  47. Joni Long
    Joni Long
    17 օր առաջ

    Bernadette, where are you moving to??? i love your view out west 47th street. i spent two months in the Hotel Edison and love the neighborhood.

  48. AppleJack64
    18 օր առաջ

    The fact that it only has a zipper in the back suggests to me it does not provide any support at all. For example, bras have 3-4 rows of hooks in the back and the straps are adjustable, so the support can be adjusted to your body. With just the zipper, how would the garment be able to support mine/other’s bodies without proper adjustment?

  49. Rose Marie prudhomme
    Rose Marie prudhomme
    18 օր առաջ

    where tobuy corset fasteners

  50. Danceofmasks
    18 օր առաջ

    Adidas should have got you as a consultant for this one.

  51. Ru-ann Martina
    Ru-ann Martina
    18 օր առաջ

    This is not a corset. More like a "wannabe 18th century stays". But much shorter, way less boning and made out of cheap materials of course. I see this kind of tops on Instagram a lot lately.

  52. Rozelyn Roux
    Rozelyn Roux
    19 օր առաջ

    This is just Adidas' way of cashing in on the current Vivienne Westwood "corset" trend. I agree it's a bodice haha

  53. Groff Sauce
    Groff Sauce
    19 օր առաջ

    I was wondering why your videos weren't popping up on my page... turns out, my sister unfollowed your account on my account, because and I quote, "The way she speaks makes me insecure in my pronunciation..." so, instead of letting me watch it and her just not watch it, she chose to remove your channel from our entire family's life..

  54. Vered Brandman
    Vered Brandman
    19 օր առաջ

    the suffragette mask (12:27)made me squee and I had to go tell my boyfriend about it. (not done watching yet)

  55. Ziyanda Zwane
    Ziyanda Zwane
    20 օր առաջ

    Caaake 😻😻 I hope you're enjoying your new place... Shame about the 'corset' but at the very least you can wear it under things as an extra layer of clothing for warmth... 💗

  56. Can't Say
    Can't Say
    20 օր առաջ

    My boobs hurt just watching this.

  57. Business Broker Marc Bate
    Business Broker Marc Bate
    20 օր առաջ

    Great article, more power to you Bernadette Banner, I have a sportswear manufacturing company for sale hope you could help me out to promote, regards! Business Broker Marc Bate😀

  58. Elouj Time Reaver
    Elouj Time Reaver
    20 օր առաջ

    I hope the move is a good thing, the space was probably tight but your old sewing room was beautiful.

  59. ay4u
    20 օր առաջ

    Love the pride flag mask!!

  60. Margot Gulliford
    Margot Gulliford
    21 օր առաջ

    I have one question..WHY???🙄😷🇨🇦

  61. Carol Dean
    Carol Dean
    21 օր առաջ

    i like that it cannot roll-up in front.

  62. Orochimaruswife1
    21 օր առաջ

    It’s just a tank top with extra steps

  63. Ariane De Nav
    Ariane De Nav
    21 օր առաջ

    I don't think corsets nowadays are for support, they're more like tank tops with boning, just for the aesthetic

  64. Turalcar
    21 օր առաջ

    11:12 conducive to

  65. RayneSaltair
    21 օր առաջ

    LOL I knew you were moving, I got this awesome apartment on my fb marketplace, and I recognized the book cases. Been trying to find a video where you say you are moving ever since. LOL.

  66. Mari Martinussen
    Mari Martinussen
    22 օր առաջ

    More than anything I think this «corset» looks like the the safety vests used by equestrians! Minus the padding. 😅 Strong horse girl vibes, minus the safety.

  67. scared fully
    scared fully
    22 օր առաջ

    i still dont fully understand the defense of the corset

    1. scared fully
      scared fully
      18 օր առաջ

      @Iwannabeastarshiprangerrr3 but thats the thing. i came here bcus im one of those people who watch corset videos. I think corsets are absolutely gorgeous and im fascinated by them. ive heard the points delivered about the defense. and of course i am with the people who loves the art and the craft of corsetry, all up to them for loving something that passionately. what i still cant understand tho, is why the defense for it is needed. why does it need to be denounced from the torture title so bad? sure its not a torture device, but it wasnt necessarily making things easier either. its a piece of fashion iconography, its not the pinnacle of some political statement. its a corset. why the discourse?

    2. Iwannabeastarshiprangerrr3
      21 օր առաջ

      You need to watch some AMget videos then. Most ‘facts’ that’s are widely believed about corset (you know like how they were evil torture device 🙄) aren’t true.

  68. Hannah Yamauchi
    Hannah Yamauchi
    22 օր առաջ

    So it’s basically a glamorised sports bra

  69. It’s Viola Rose
    It’s Viola Rose
    22 օր առաջ

    Ugh Victorian British and Puritan American clothing is such an elephant dart to the face. Imagine being Italian, French, Dutch, Asian, African during the same period and just feeling sorry for these folks.

  70. Iceria Hikari
    Iceria Hikari
    22 օր առաջ

    Ngl, this channel tempts me to buy and wear a corset especially since I have minor scoliosis and my back posture is bad. I wish there's someplace I can buy it online here in Southeast Asia 🥺

  71. Tess Crelli
    Tess Crelli
    22 օր առաջ

    I got a corset ad before this video. Hahahahahahaha

  72. tarachoudsx
    22 օր առաջ

    I have this exact corset in pink and can confirm I bought it as a fashion item!! I have pretty big boobs and wear a S, it gives a surprising amount of support!!!

  73. tarachoudsx
    22 օր առաջ

    omg i have the pink one of this

  74. Ski Blue
    Ski Blue
    23 օր առաջ

    I love your channel and The Seams Channel. So talented

  75. DrGrukar McNinjaSixthGun
    DrGrukar McNinjaSixthGun
    23 օր առաջ

    Seeing the Acorn streaming advert, seeing shows that we get for free on TV, haha~ How the turn tables.

  76. PlimPlamPlum Doc
    PlimPlamPlum Doc
    23 օր առաջ

    I'd like to comment from the perspective of my enormous boobs: this works wonders that no other bras do. I am an M but for boobs I have like a 105D/E in Spanish measures. And this corset is the only thing that allows me to jump and dance and run without to have to constantly grab them with my arms for impact. 10/10 as sports wear. Really would recommend it to my fellow friends who were in first row the day God was giving away boobs.

  77. maria
    23 օր առաջ

    Does anyone else get heavy ed vibes from this girl

    1. maria
      8 ժամ առաջ

      @The Hearth Fairy well I looked it up and she's on proanna as thin spo, so def not just me. But go off

    2. The Hearth Fairy
      The Hearth Fairy
      4 օր առաջ

      Nah, it’s just you

  78. JJolla
    23 օր առաջ

    this corset feels like it isn't really sure what it wants to be.

  79. Shannah D.
    Shannah D.
    23 օր առաջ

    Even as an athletic-style fashion accessory it's done poorly. The fit on the model looks terrible. What is the point of boning if the garment is loose?

  80. Gillian Moser
    Gillian Moser
    23 օր առաջ

    I watched this while wearing an 1860s corset 😂

  81. Ray
    24 օր առաջ

    I WISH I could get a corset.

  82. SQ38
    24 օր առաջ

    12:27 is that a suffragette flag mask?

  83. Amanina A.R
    Amanina A.R
    24 օր առաջ

    We are going full circle!!!!

  84. Amanda Litwak
    Amanda Litwak
    24 օր առաջ

    I have been watching a lot of ballet dancers lately. The Ballet tutu seems like some sort of corset. It seems like the ballet community embraced some particular era of the corset and kept the vibe from that style of corset. What era do you think the tutu is from?

  85. Megan Tousignant
    Megan Tousignant
    24 օր առաջ

    I live in Texas, and I am researching summer corsets for my future history bounding plans.

  86. Torii Sama
    Torii Sama
    24 օր առաջ

    To me is kistch, ugly and useless

  87. Mily Alvarez
    Mily Alvarez
    24 օր առաջ

    Why on earth is Adidas selling a corset?! I know 2020 was hard for all of us...but a sport cosert?? jeez....And what's the pont of this piece at all??

  88. Iris Castaneda
    Iris Castaneda
    24 օր առաջ

    Looks like a waste of money to me. This is for the women that wear gym clothes but only walk to get their mail then drive to Starbucks.

  89. No Context
    No Context
    24 օր առաջ

    I feel like sometimes people have a very loose idea of what a Corset is.

  90. Christine Brady
    Christine Brady
    25 օր առաջ

    You're moving? But....what about your beautiful sewing room I just watched you put together and that I love?

  91. Chris C
    Chris C
    25 օր առաջ

    I was looking at the Adidas website and it seems this is meant as a top, not really any kind of support garment.

  92. Emppu T.
    Emppu T.
    25 օր առաջ

    Wish we could stop blaming everything on patriarchy. And get back to real talk. The whole narrative is just trying to divide us.

  93. Paulina Bakhshayesh
    Paulina Bakhshayesh
    25 օր առաջ

    Well if one see woman with no boobs advertising corset or bra, one can suspect company didn't think about functionality (support) of the garment but how it's look ...

  94. Tiffany Krieger
    Tiffany Krieger
    25 օր առաջ

    It's sporty 2020 lingerie

  95. Tiffany Krieger
    Tiffany Krieger
    25 օր առաջ

    Wow I missed one, I was so sad 😢. Watching happily now😁

  96. Clare Doherty
    Clare Doherty
    25 օր առաջ

    Looks like a waste of money and time to me at least you can make something out of it

  97. hello kitty
    hello kitty
    25 օր առաջ

    the girlies have been hand-making these and selling them on depop for a while now...

  98. D J
    D J
    25 օր առաջ

    Watching Americans move house is so strange. Just shove it in the car and go.

  99. Ale30
    26 օր առաջ

    I'll be honest, I bought one of these in pink and I really like it! The fabric/logo isn't for everyone but I really like the silhouette of it and get compliments on it cause it's cute. I didn't want it to actually function as a corset (and it doesn't, it's basically just a regular top with some light boning), I just like it as a fashion piece. I really appreciated hearing the historical background and context of corsets from someone so knowledgeable though!

  100. Natacha De vicq
    Natacha De vicq
    26 օր առաջ

    I got an add for a sport corset just before watching it like wtf youtube 😱