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Moulin & Burlesque Costumes 
Fantasy Belles are one of the UK's top suppliers of Moulin Burlesque outfits, corset and fancy dress costumes as well as Burlesque Clothing... Our Moulin Burlesque Fancy Dress costumes are truly stunning and of course very sexy indeedy.  All of our Moulin Burlesque range have been pieced together with great imagination in order to capture the theme of the event / hen party...
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We can certainly promise the our burlesque and Moulin Burlesque range will suits all woman from sizes 6-20
We also offer great advise on hen night costumes therefore please get in touch girls, i'm always happy to help!!! 
 
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 The Babydoll History & Story
A babydoll is a piece of lingerie that is quite popular with both the younger and older generation. It is a short nightgown or negligee that is usually worn to bed. Babybolls are decorated in many different decorations was, including but not limited to lace, faux fur, ruffles, bows and ribbons. Most babydolls hang off of the shoulder by spaghetti straps. The babydoll mainly comes in chiffon, silk or nylon and is usually sheer or see-through. The babydoll got it's name from the length of the hemline, which comes about six inches above the knees, which is similar to a mini-dress.
The babydoll was made popular from a movie titled Baby Doll. The movie came out in 1956, Carroll Baker played, a sexy 19-year-old virgin. The style of nightgown she wore in the movie was soon a "must have" for everyone. It may also be traced to the 1930s and 1940s, at that time short bed-jackets trimmed with lace, as well as an array of bed-capes, were worn by women.
 
Later, the babydoll was transformed into a short dress that could be worn during the day. It was at this time that it became quite popular among the younger generation because the style made people think of youthfulness and innocence. This new style of babydoll which you will find with Fantasy Belles Lingerie Collection soon became a popular addition to the bedroom, as well. Some of the styles are similar to those worn by dolls, where the buttocks could easily be seen, leading to an enhancement in sexual play. Some babydolls that open in the front and are similar to a robe.
 
Now, the babydoll is considered a popular form of lingerie, helping to create fantasies. The short length of the hem makes legs appear to be longer. For those who do not wish to be completely exposed on the bottom part of their body, the gown is accompanied by a set of matching panties. If you are not aiming for a sexual presentation, the babydoll is also a short nightgown, which comes in a variety of elegant styles with Fantasy Belles lingerie collection.
 
Some of Fantasy Belles babydoll
 

styles hail from the 1960s and 1970s right up to 2010

 

If you need that perfect gift for your spouse on your special night, I have a wide variety of babydolls on my website. Most of them even have matching panties. I also have other cute lingerie sets
 
 

The History of the Corset

corset is a garment that girds the torso and shapes it according to the fashionable silhouette of the day. Most often it has been used for cinching the waist and supporting the breasts, Fantasy Belles corset not only fulfils this purpose but we offer a wide range of stunning and sexy designs and patterns.
Today, in order to achieve the hourglass figure, many women took to adding volume to their bustlines to increase the ratio of bust to waist. Also, the full skirts and bustles of the 19th century added to the width of the hips to make the waist appear slimmer.
 
16th to 17th Centuries Corset
The earliest corsets were called "payre of bodies" and were usually worn with a farthingale that held out the skirts in a stiff cone. The payre of bodies, later called stays, turned the upper torso into a matching cone or cylinder. They had shoulder straps and ended in flaps at the waist. They flattened the bust, and in so doing, pushed the breasts up. The emphasis of the stays was less on the smallness of the waist than on the contrast between the rigid flatness of the bodice front and the curving tops of the breasts peeking over the top of the corset.
 
By the middle of the 16th century, corsets were appearing as a commonly worn garment for women. These were made of stiffened multiple layers of linen with wooden busks or shafts that were inserted in a pocket at the front in order to keep the corset and figure straight. In this form, the corset survived until about 1860.
 
18th Century Corset
The predominant forms of stays in the 18th-century was an inverted conical shape, often worn to create a contrast between a rigid quasi-cylindrical torso above the waist and heavy full skirts below. The primary purpose of 18th century stays was to raise and shape the breasts, tighten the midriff, support the back, improve posture to help a woman stand straight, with the shoulders down and back, and only slightly narrow the waist, creating a 'V' shaped upper torso over which the outer garment would be worn. However, 'jumps' of quilted linen were also worn instead of stays for informal situations. Jumps were only partially boned, did little for one's posture, but did add some support. Both garments were considered undergarments, and would be seen only under very limited circumstances. Well-fitting 18th Century stays are quite comfortable, do not restrict breathing, and allow women to work, although they do restrict bending at the waist 
 
Late 18th to early 19th Centuries Corset
Stays became much less constricting with the advent of the high-waisted empire style (around 1796) which de-emphasized the natural waist. Some form of stays was still worn by most women but these were often "short stays" (i.e. which did not extend very far below the breasts). By contrast, corsets intended to exert serious body-shaping force (as in the Victoria Era were "long" (extending down to and beyond the natural waist), laced in back, and stiffened with boning.
By 1800 the corset had become primarily a method of supporting the breasts, as the waist was raised to just under the bust line. Corsets still slimmed the torso but this was not their primary purpose. 
 
Transition to the Victorian Corset
When the waistline returned to its natural position during the 1830s, the corset reappeared and served dual purpose of supporting the breasts and narrowing the waist. However, it had changed its shape to the hourglass silhouette that is even now considered typical both for corsets and for Victorian fashion. At the same time, the term corset was first used for this garment in English. In the 1830s, the artificially inflated shoulders and skirts made the intervening waist look narrow, even with the corset laced only moderately.
 
The Victorian corset
When the exaggerated shoulders disappeared, the waist itself had to be cinched tighter in order to achieve the same effect. The focus of the fashionable silhouette of the mid and late 19th century was an hourglass figure, achieved by reducing the thickness of the waist through corsetry. It is in the 1840s and 1850s that tightlacing first became popular. The corset differed from the earlier stays in numerous ways. The corset no longer ended at the hips, but flared out and ended several inches below the waist. The corset was exaggeratedly curvaceous rather than funnel-shaped. Spiral steel stays curved with the figure. While many corsets were still sewn by hand to the wearer's measurements, there was also a thriving market in cheaper corsets
 
Late 19th century
In the late 19th century concern about reports of tight lacing caused a movement for rational dress. Some doctors were found to support the theory that corsetry was injurious to health (particularly during pregnancy) and women who did tight lacing were condemned for vanity and excoriated from the pulpit as slaves to fashion. In reality, tight corsetting was most likely the cause of indigestion and constipation but rarely the cause for a plethora of ailments associated with tight corsetting at the time ranging from hysteria to liver failure.
 
The Edwardian corset
The straight-front corset, also known as the swan-bill corset, the S-bend corset or the health corset, was worn from circa 1900 to the early 1910s. Its name is derived from the very rigid, straight busk inserted in the center front of the corset. This corset forced the torso forward and made the hips protrude.
The straight-front corset was popularised by Inez Gaches-Sarraute, a corsetiere with a degree in medicine. It was intended to be less injurious to wearers' health than other corsets in that it exerted less pressure on the stomach area. However, any benefits to the stomach were more than counterbalanced by the unnatural posture that it forced upon its wearer.
 
The straight fronted corset was introduced to create the illusion of a slimmer waist by forcing the hips back and bust forward. This was thought to alleviate some of the pressure on the abdomen. However, by 1908 corsets began to fall from favour as the silhouette changed to a higher waistline and more naturalistic form. Early forms of brassieres were introduced and the girdle soon took the place of the corset which was more concerned with reducing the hips rather than the waist. 
 
Post-Edwardian long line corset
From 1908 to 1914 the width of the skirt slowly sank from waist to ankles. And the corset had need to grow in the lower edge. A new type of fashionable corset covered the thighs. This corset changed the position of the hip, making the waist become both higher and wider. The new fashion was considered uncomfortable, cumbersome, and furthermore required the use of strips of elastic fabric.
 
After World War I
Shortly after the start of World War 1 in 1917, the U.S. War Industries Board asked women to stop buying corsets to free up metal for war production. This step liberated some 28,000 tons of metal, enough to build two battleships. The corset, which had been made using steel stays since the 1860s, further declined in popularity as women took to brassieres and girdles which also used less steel in their construction. Corsets fell from popularity during the late 1910s but forms of body shaping undergarments often called corsets continued to be worn well into the 1920s.
The development of rubberized elastic materials in 1911 helped the girdle replace the corset.
The change in the economy after World War I also changed women's role in society. In the early 20th century, a young lady would typically have started wearing a corset around age 15, and live at home until she married around age 18. After the war, more young women sought an education, and in the Western world marriage was delayed into the middle to late 20s. Only overweight or pregnant women might choose to wear a corset, typically an underbust corset.
However, these garments were better known as girdles with the express purpose of reducing the hips in size. A return to waist nipping corsets in 1939 caused a stir in fashion circles but World War 2 ended their return. In the late 1940s they were revived and were popularly known as 'Merry Widows'. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Fetish fashion became popular and corsets made something of a recovery, often worn as top garments rather than undergarments.
 
 
Throughout the ages ladies have worn corsets for a variety of reasons; probably the earliest evidence of womens corsets
being used as clothing was discovered in Norfolk, England. At an archaeological site in this area, drawings were found in caves of these garments on women.
The boned corset became popular during the reign of King Louis XIV in the 18th century which was known as the corps baleine. Nowadays, these attractive clothing corsets are worn not just by the wealthy as was the case in previous eras, but by ladies from all walks of life.  

Our black corset ranges or other colours can be purchased at very competitive prices. However, if you do find the same quality corset top which we provide at a lower cost somewhere else, let us know.. If you’re looking for a beautifully designed corset bustier, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Why not take a look at what we have in our wide selection of sex appeal enhancing items? You won’t be disappointed at all with what we have on offer.
  

Whether you are a man who would like to give the lady in your life one of our well sought after womens corsets for her birthday or you’re a lady who would like to turn the heat up in the bedroom, we’ve got something for you. Take a look at our boned corset collection that we have in stock on our user friendly website today. You’re bound to be impressed by the amount of choice we offer our customers in our unrivalled ranges of clothing corsets in a variety of colours, designs and materials.

 
 

For those of you getting married and are looking forward to a passionate honeymoon, our bridal corsets are sure to make your first night together as man and wife a special one. The 18th century corsets were usually worn over blouses. If you’re after a wedding corset that can be worn underneath your beautiful new dress you had specially made for the big day, get in contact with us.

 

The black corset designs which we provide are perfect for the lady who wishes to give her husband a good reason to stay in and have a romantic evening together. Start shopping with us today. Convenience for Consumers In this modern age of city traffic coming to a stand still every few hours, why not avoid going out to the high street stores and buy our boned corset ranges in the comfort of your own home?

 

Shopping with Fantasy Belles for a corset dress couldn’t be anymore convenient. Once you’ve decided which particular colour and design you would like to purchase, simply add the items to the online basket on the appropriate page on our website. Strapless corset apparel are very popular at the moment, adding even more sex appeal than ones with shoulder straps do. For those of you after corset bustier

collections for your own retail business, take a look at our wholesale page on our website.

If there is a particular style of leather corset or any other design you would like to see us include in our ranges, please get in contact with us with your suggestions. Our buyers’ will do everything they can to add corset top items which you aspire to provide your own customers. Any order we receive before 3pm will be dispatched on the same day, giving our corset consumers even more convenience. We look forward to hearing from you. Boned Corset As a progressive online company providing quality corsets for our valued customers, we understand that your satisfaction means our success. which is why we like to keep up with the times and you will also can find our corset ranges on the very popular social networking Facebook website.
 

 

 

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