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

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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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  • 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.

    Bernadette BannerBernadette Bannerหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @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 TD T23 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @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.

      D TD T23 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Marlju Sweety I completely agree with you. The logo front and center is extremely off-putting. This is a hard NO for me.

      Linda MyfatcatcowLinda Myfatcatcow27 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Goddamn you cut a figure in a black dress like Vivienne leigh.

      Almeda RiddleAlmeda Riddle29 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @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!

      Erica McGhieErica McGhieหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    Hikari UnmeiHikari Unmei2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    CallMeNIBSCallMeNIBS3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Ahhhhhh!! Oh, you're right, they're the same! Thank you!

      CallMeNIBSCallMeNIBS2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • 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.

      Fredny CortesFredny Cortes2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'd love to see Bernadette make a modern day sports corset with modern materials

    dakota manchettedakota manchette4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It wouldn't support your posture at all would it

    Somethin mSomethin m4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • isnt it a little too big for you?

    Greta BartelsGreta Bartels4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!

    khaxjc1khaxjc15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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" 😂😂😂😂

    herman beanherman bean5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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🤣

    Poppy SandsPoppy Sands5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    comradepeggyhillcomradepeggyhill5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • watching bernadette as a reward for finishing my math test

    Ari MarkovAri Markov6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Bria TiaBria Tia6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 12:26...those colours intentional, or? 👁👁

    rosejamrosejam6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Brunhilde BurninghamBrunhilde Burningham7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Conner KnightConner Knight7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do you ever wear blue jeans? Just wondering...

    George GriersonGeorge Grierson8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Where did you get the cake from? Asking 4 me cause I live in NY and like cake:)

    Nicky RoyalNicky Royal9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Ella YorkElla York10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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? 🤔

    Caroline GraceCaroline Grace10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 9:47 is that a Scottish flag?

    DSQueenieDSQueenie10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I want one.

    Holl MightyHoll Mighty11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I MUST know what type of animal is in the cage!

    IceBetweenEyelinerIceBetweenEyeliner12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!

    EruytEruyt12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I fell in love with Notion all over again

    Lisa CatarsiLisa Catarsi12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I mean.... it's at least kinda cute? lol

    Photini ThorpPhotini Thorp12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Could you do a general corset overview, like what kind of corset should you get for what purpose

    AzmuelAzmuel12 วันที่ผ่านมา

    sneaky_ zombiesneaky_ zombie13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is that thing comparable to the tank tops with a shelf "bra" sewn in?

    Marsha AMarsha A13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Dear Miss Banner, how can I send you a small gift?

    Melody LacyMelody Lacy14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • sport corset - sportset

    Josh RussellJosh Russell14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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...

    AlexandriaAlexandria15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Nadzeya SinitsaNadzeya Sinitsa16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 1:08 what's this plastic corset called ?

    Hussi PettyHussi Petty16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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

    Teaira ShanholtzTeaira Shanholtz16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is that a non-binary pride flag face-mask?

    Elise GElise G16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why did I watch this?

    Bradley GibbsBradley Gibbs16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 FarmFairytale Farm16 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I mean would it prevent the underwire squirming out and stabbing me ...

      Fairytale FarmFairytale Farm16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Seeing the genderqueer pride flag on your mask warmed my heart so much.

    Prince VincentPrince Vincent17 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • It's probably the women's suffragettes movement flag. Easy to confuse. Some people also thought it's the ace flag.

      Krissy MKrissy M13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Was that a genderqueer flag mask?? 😍💜🤍💚

    the808songbirdthe808songbird17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have a 19th century ad of a rowing corset. It looks very uncomfortable

    Marjolein TomassenMarjolein Tomassen17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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...

    lyric curranlyric curran17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So basically they engineered a non-corset corset.

    Aaron GlettAaron Glett18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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?!

    kerkiekerkie18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • sports corset: sportset??????

    Pallas CPallas C19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 12:27 hm the genderqueer flag

    RiotiroRiotiro19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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

    AwkwardTurtleAwkwardTurtle20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just selling sex. As per usual.

    AK BauerAK Bauer21 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • How is trying on a garment “selling sex”?

      Fredny CortesFredny Cortes2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Joni LongJoni Long21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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?

    AppleJack64AppleJack6421 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • where tobuy corset fasteners

    Rose Marie prudhommeRose Marie prudhomme21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Adidas should have got you as a consultant for this one.

    DanceofmasksDanceofmasks22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Ru-ann MartinaRu-ann Martina22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is just Adidas' way of cashing in on the current Vivienne Westwood "corset" trend. I agree it's a bodice haha

    Rozelyn RouxRozelyn Roux22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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..

    Groff SauceGroff Sauce22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • the suffragette mask (12:27)made me squee and I had to go tell my boyfriend about it. (not done watching yet)

    Vered BrandmanVered Brandman22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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... 💗

    Ziyanda ZwaneZiyanda Zwane23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My boobs hurt just watching this.

    Can't SayCan't Say23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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😀

    Business Broker Marc BateBusiness Broker Marc Bate23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I hope the move is a good thing, the space was probably tight but your old sewing room was beautiful.

    Elouj Time ReaverElouj Time Reaver24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Love the pride flag mask!!

    ay4uay4u24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have one question..WHY???🙄😷🇨🇦

    Margot GullifordMargot Gulliford24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • i like that it cannot roll-up in front.

    Carol DeanCarol Dean24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It’s just a tank top with extra steps

    Orochimaruswife1Orochimaruswife124 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I don't think corsets nowadays are for support, they're more like tank tops with boning, just for the aesthetic

    Ariane De NavAriane De Nav24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 11:12 conducive to

    TuralcarTuralcar24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    RayneSaltairRayneSaltair25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Mari MartinussenMari Martinussen25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • i still dont fully understand the defense of the corset

    scared fullyscared fully25 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @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?

      scared fullyscared fully21 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You need to watch some TH-vision videos then. Most ‘facts’ that’s are widely believed about corset (you know like how they were evil torture device 🙄) aren’t true.

      Iwannabeastarshiprangerrr3Iwannabeastarshiprangerrr325 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So it’s basically a glamorised sports bra

    Hannah YamauchiHannah Yamauchi25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    It’s Viola RoseIt’s Viola Rose25 วันที่ผ่านมา
So, sportswear companies are selling "corsets" now. Let's investigate.