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10 Hollywood actresses on the torment of wearing a corset
Hollywood stars often suffer for their art - particularly when it comes to the gruelling costumes they often have to wear to recreate historical dramas. Namely, the corset.
Although the constraints of a corset can reflect the limitations of women's rights during those periods, it can also have serious physical effects on those wearing it.
Here are 10 actresses speaking out about the physical and emotional torment of wearing the restrictive garment below...
Knightley is synonymous with sumptuous period dramas, but the star says wearing an obligatory corset is "positively awful".
"It's not really a surprise we were known as the weaker sex, because you literally cannot get a breath," the star toldToday. "So it's sort of, as soon as you start getting emotional, if you're doing an emotional scene, you can't calm down.
"You can't literally draw a breath to try and centre yourself again. It's no wonder they were sort of fainting all over the place."
The actress may have looked exquisite in the leg o'mutton sleeved gowns reflective of New York's 1896 gilded high-society in Netflix'sThe Alienist,but the style came at cost for Fanning.
"I actually fainted during my first fitting which gives you some indication [of what it was like to wear a corset]," the star toldDigital Spy.
Fanning added that the corset was another restriction put in place for women of that time, which were worn to keep up a certain appearance.
"As a female, it was another thing you couldn't do for yourself," the actress continued. "You had to wear these elaborate costumes to keep up this facade of what women were supposed to be – you couldn't even take them off on your own at the end of the day."
Despite wearing period costumes for Lady Rose inDownton Abbey,nothing could prepare James for the "torture" of wearing that corset in Disney'sCinderella.
"My corset was so tight, I could only have liquid food," the actress toldThe Daily Mail.
TheMamma Mia! 2star added that wearing the famous blue gown in the film was "torture".
The Oscar-winning actress recently revealed the explicit horrors of wearing a corset for upcoming period dramaThe Favourite.
"Women existed like that for such a long time, which gives you a lot of sympathy for that time period and what they were going through," theManiacstar explained onThe Graham Norton Show.
"For the first month, I couldn't breathe, and I would smell menthol and it would make me think I was in a wide-open space and could breathe for a moment in time. After a month, all my organs shifted—it was gross, and if you don't have to, don't do it!"
The actress shocked fans of the 2001 musicalMoulin Rouge!by revealing she broke a rib trying to get into her burlesque-dancer corset.
"I re-broke my rib getting into it," the star told Graham Norton.
"I had this thing that I wanted to get my waist down to 18 inches, which Vivian Leigh had onGone with the Windand I was just like, 'tighter, tighter'."
The 32-year-old actress may have worn a corset for two series of royal dramaVictoria, it clearly doesn't get any easier to bear.
Despite the discomfort though, Coleman said she likes what a corset does to her body, and the feeling of being constrained helps her get into the mindset of the monarch of that restrictive period.
"It's incredible psychologically to be restrained in that way and [to feel] what it does to you if you have emotional scenes or you want to walk quickly but you have something that's constantly shortening your breath,"The Crystar toldOK!.
TheGame of Thronesstar had a self-imposed corset ban after starring in period dramas TudorsandThe Scandalous Lady W. But the allure of BBC two dramaPicnic at Hanging Rockearlier this year got her back into one again.
"I had sworn that I wasn't going to get back into a corset for a while because I was fed up," the actress previously toldRadio Times.
Dormer said it was particularly tough this time around, because they shot the atmospheric series in the summer heat of Melbourne.
"My favourite things are their coffee, red wine and smashed avocado, and you get great Asian food. I had to say, 'Pull the corset in more' – Melbourne is a good city for eating," she added to the publication.
"You have to sweat it out and hydrate. Don't be anywhere near me when I take my corset off.’"
The actress and women's right advocate refused to wear a corset in Disney'sBeauty and the Beastbecause she wanted Belle to reflect a modern-day woman.
Watson also wanted her contemporary princess to have agency and be in control of her actions, rather than being reduced to a "corseted, impossible idea of female beauty."
Designers removed the corset from her iconic yellow dress and replaced it with a flexible bodice.
"Nothing she wears is inhibiting," designer Jacqueline Durran toldWWD. "She can do whatever she would want to do in any of her costumes. She rides a horse."
TheDownton Abbeystar said wearing a corset to play the much-loved Lady Cybil in the period drama almost put her off starring in historical series for life.
"I hate corsets," she toldThe Telegraph. "I absolutely hate them. Ugh. I don’t think I’ll ever wear a corset again."
However, the actress later relented when she joined the 2019 cast of costume dramaHarlotsalongside Lesley Manville and Samantha Morton.
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