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

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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:
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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.
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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

    Ай мурун

    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.

    • D T

      D T

      23 күн мурун

      @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.

    • D T

      D T

      23 күн мурун

      @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.

    • Linda Myfatcatcow

      Linda Myfatcatcow

      26 күн мурун

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

    • Almeda Riddle

      Almeda Riddle

      29 күн мурун

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

    • Erica McGhie

      Erica McGhie

      Ай мурун

      @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. Hikari Unmei

    Hikari Unmei

    2 күн мурун

    Probably someone has commented this, but I've heard adidas is becoming popular among goths who want to incorporate a more healthy lifestyle into the fashion. This item seems to be the product of the brand noticing it and wanting to test how profitable it could be to appeal to them.

  3. CallMeNIBS


    3 күн мурун


    • CallMeNIBS


      Күн мурун

      Ahhhhhh!! Oh, you're right, they're the same! Thank you!

    • Fredny Cortes

      Fredny Cortes

      Күн мурун

      If it’s the one in 12:27, I think that might just be the colors of the suffragette movement like the cockades she wears.

  4. dakota manchette

    dakota manchette

    3 күн мурун

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

  5. Somethin m

    Somethin m

    3 күн мурун

    It wouldn't support your posture at all would it

  6. Greta Bartels

    Greta Bartels

    4 күн мурун

    isnt it a little too big for you?

  7. khaxjc1


    4 күн мурун

    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!

  8. herman bean

    herman bean

    4 күн мурун

    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" 😂😂😂😂

  9. Poppy Sands

    Poppy Sands

    4 күн мурун

    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🤣

  10. comradepeggyhill


    4 күн мурун

    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.

  11. Ari Markov

    Ari Markov

    5 күн мурун

    watching bernadette as a reward for finishing my math test

  12. Bria Tia

    Bria Tia

    5 күн мурун

    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.

  13. rosejam


    6 күн мурун

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

  14. Brunhilde Burningham

    Brunhilde Burningham

    6 күн мурун

    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.

  15. Conner Knight

    Conner Knight

    7 күн мурун

    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.

  16. George Grierson

    George Grierson

    7 күн мурун

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

  17. Nicky Royal

    Nicky Royal

    9 күн мурун

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

  18. Ella York

    Ella York

    9 күн мурун

    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.

  19. Caroline Grace

    Caroline Grace

    10 күн мурун

    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? 🤔

  20. DSQueenie


    10 күн мурун

    9:47 is that a Scottish flag?

  21. Holl Mighty

    Holl Mighty

    11 күн мурун

    I want one.

  22. IceBetweenEyeliner


    11 күн мурун

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

  23. Eruyt


    11 күн мурун

    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!

  24. Lisa Catarsi

    Lisa Catarsi

    11 күн мурун

    I fell in love with Notion all over again

  25. Photini Thorp

    Photini Thorp

    11 күн мурун

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

  26. Azmuel


    12 күн мурун

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

  27. sneaky_ zombie

    sneaky_ zombie

    13 күн мурун


  28. Marsha A

    Marsha A

    13 күн мурун

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

  29. Melody Lacy

    Melody Lacy

    13 күн мурун

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

  30. Josh Russell

    Josh Russell

    14 күн мурун

    sport corset - sportset

  31. Alexandria


    15 күн мурун

    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...

  32. Nadzeya Sinitsa

    Nadzeya Sinitsa

    15 күн мурун

    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.

  33. Hussi Petty

    Hussi Petty

    15 күн мурун

    1:08 what's this plastic corset called ?

  34. Teaira Shanholtz

    Teaira Shanholtz

    15 күн мурун

    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

  35. Elise G

    Elise G

    16 күн мурун

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

  36. Bradley Gibbs

    Bradley Gibbs

    16 күн мурун

    Why did I watch this?

  37. Fairytale Farm

    Fairytale Farm

    16 күн мурун

    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 ...

    • Fairytale Farm

      Fairytale Farm

      16 күн мурун

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

  38. Prince Vincent

    Prince Vincent

    16 күн мурун

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

    • Krissy M

      Krissy M

      13 күн мурун

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

  39. the808songbird


    16 күн мурун

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

  40. Marjolein Tomassen

    Marjolein Tomassen

    16 күн мурун

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

  41. lyric curran

    lyric curran

    17 күн мурун

    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...

  42. Aaron Glett

    Aaron Glett

    17 күн мурун

    So basically they engineered a non-corset corset.

  43. kerkie


    18 күн мурун

    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?!

  44. Pallas C

    Pallas C

    18 күн мурун

    sports corset: sportset??????

  45. Riotiro


    18 күн мурун

    12:27 hm the genderqueer flag

  46. AwkwardTurtle


    19 күн мурун

    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

  47. AK Bauer

    AK Bauer

    20 күн мурун

    Just selling sex. As per usual.

    • Fredny Cortes

      Fredny Cortes

      Күн мурун

      How is trying on a garment “selling sex”?

  48. Joni Long

    Joni Long

    20 күн мурун

    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.

  49. AppleJack64


    21 күн мурун

    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?

  50. Rose Marie prudhomme

    Rose Marie prudhomme

    21 күн мурун

    where tobuy corset fasteners

  51. Danceofmasks


    21 күн мурун

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

  52. Ru-ann Martina

    Ru-ann Martina

    21 күн мурун

    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.

  53. Rozelyn Roux

    Rozelyn Roux

    22 күн мурун

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

  54. Groff Sauce

    Groff Sauce

    22 күн мурун

    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..

  55. Vered Brandman

    Vered Brandman

    22 күн мурун

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

  56. Ziyanda Zwane

    Ziyanda Zwane

    23 күн мурун

    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... 💗

  57. Can't Say

    Can't Say

    23 күн мурун

    My boobs hurt just watching this.

  58. Business Broker Marc Bate

    Business Broker Marc Bate

    23 күн мурун

    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😀

  59. Elouj Time Reaver

    Elouj Time Reaver

    23 күн мурун

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

  60. ay4u


    23 күн мурун

    Love the pride flag mask!!

  61. Margot Gulliford

    Margot Gulliford

    23 күн мурун

    I have one question..WHY???🙄😷🇨🇦

  62. Carol Dean

    Carol Dean

    24 күн мурун

    i like that it cannot roll-up in front.

  63. Orochimaruswife1


    24 күн мурун

    It’s just a tank top with extra steps

  64. Ariane De Nav

    Ariane De Nav

    24 күн мурун

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

  65. Turalcar


    24 күн мурун

    11:12 conducive to

  66. RayneSaltair


    24 күн мурун

    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.

  67. Mari Martinussen

    Mari Martinussen

    25 күн мурун

    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.

  68. scared fully

    scared fully

    25 күн мурун

    i still dont fully understand the defense of the corset

    • scared fully

      scared fully

      21 күн мурун

      @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?

    • Iwannabeastarshiprangerrr3


      24 күн мурун

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

  69. Hannah Yamauchi

    Hannah Yamauchi

    25 күн мурун

    So it’s basically a glamorised sports bra

  70. It’s Viola Rose

    It’s Viola Rose

    25 күн мурун

    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.

  71. Iceria Hikari

    Iceria Hikari

    25 күн мурун

    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 🥺

  72. Tess Crelli

    Tess Crelli

    25 күн мурун

    I got a corset ad before this video. Hahahahahahaha

  73. tarachoudsx


    25 күн мурун

    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!!!

  74. tarachoudsx


    25 күн мурун

    omg i have the pink one of this

  75. Ski Blue

    Ski Blue

    25 күн мурун

    I love your channel and The Seams Channel. So talented

  76. DrGrukar McNinjaSixthGun

    DrGrukar McNinjaSixthGun

    26 күн мурун

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

  77. PlimPlamPlum Doc

    PlimPlamPlum Doc

    26 күн мурун

    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.

  78. maria


    26 күн мурун

    Does anyone else get heavy ed vibes from this girl

    • maria


      3 күн мурун

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

    • The Hearth Fairy

      The Hearth Fairy

      7 күн мурун

      Nah, it’s just you

  79. JJolla


    26 күн мурун

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

  80. Shannah D.

    Shannah D.

    26 күн мурун

    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?

  81. Gillian Moser

    Gillian Moser

    26 күн мурун

    I watched this while wearing an 1860s corset 😂

  82. Ray


    27 күн мурун

    I WISH I could get a corset.

  83. SQ38


    27 күн мурун

    12:27 is that a suffragette flag mask?

  84. Amanina A.R

    Amanina A.R

    27 күн мурун

    We are going full circle!!!!

  85. Amanda Litwak

    Amanda Litwak

    27 күн мурун

    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?

  86. Megan Tousignant

    Megan Tousignant

    27 күн мурун

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

  87. Torii Sama

    Torii Sama

    27 күн мурун

    To me is kistch, ugly and useless

  88. Mily Alvarez

    Mily Alvarez

    27 күн мурун

    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??

  89. Iris Castaneda

    Iris Castaneda

    27 күн мурун

    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.

  90. No Context

    No Context

    27 күн мурун

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

  91. Christine Brady

    Christine Brady

    28 күн мурун

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

  92. Chris C

    Chris C

    28 күн мурун

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

  93. Emppu T.

    Emppu T.

    28 күн мурун

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

  94. Paulina Bakhshayesh

    Paulina Bakhshayesh

    28 күн мурун

    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 ...

  95. Tiffany Krieger

    Tiffany Krieger

    28 күн мурун

    It's sporty 2020 lingerie

  96. Tiffany Krieger

    Tiffany Krieger

    28 күн мурун

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

  97. Clare Doherty

    Clare Doherty

    28 күн мурун

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

  98. hello kitty

    hello kitty

    28 күн мурун

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

  99. D J

    D J

    28 күн мурун

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

  100. Ale30


    29 күн мурун

    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!