How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance

Deeanne Gist stood in a packed hotel conference room wearing nothing but her underwear.

For most people, giving a presentation in skivvies to 100 professional peers sounds like a bad dream. But Ms Gist was giving a workshop on Victorian clothing at the Romance Writers of America’s annual convention this summer. The romance novelists had gathered in New York to learn how to dress—and undress—heroines in their novels.

It took an hour for Ms Gist to squeeze into a dozen layers that a lady would have worn in the 1860s—stockings, garters, bloomers, chemise, corset, crinoline or hoop skirt, petticoats, a shirtwaist or blouse, skirt, vest and bolero jacket. By the end, workshop attendees were sceptical that seductions ever occurred, with so many sartorial barriers — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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