Over the course of centuries, the corset has undergone a lot of changes both in style and popularity. Women used this undergarment to create an ideal hour glass figure. In Pirates of the Caribbean, Elizabeth Swann is a strong willed woman whose independence is restricted by her high rank and role as a female in a patriarchal society. Her father, the Governor, buys her a corset because they are "the latest fashion in London." Elizabeth jokes that women in London must have learned not to breathe, because the corset is very restricting. Ironically, the oppressive corset is the very thing that saves her from having to accept Commodore Norrington's marriage proposal. Though her father wants her to marry this well respected Naval officer, Elizabeth would rather marry for love. Dressed in her corset on a hot day, Elizabeth can't seem to get enough air and faints from the platform she stands on into the ocean, only to be saved by pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, the beginning of a very exciting adventure.
Today, corsets still make a very popular undergarment, though typically used for special occasions. They help create a smooth, tight look underneath tight fitting outfits. Corsets and tops made to look like them are great for Victorian and Steampunk style costumes, or for a sexy bedroom treat. With so many different styles and colors, you are free to use your imagination to create a stunning ensemble for wearing out or staying in. Other great undergarment accessories such as petticoats and stockings are great for layering with dresses and skirts for a more complete look.