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 BannerVor Monat
    • @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 TVor Monat
    • @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 TVor Monat
    • @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 MyfatcatcowVor Monat
    • Goddamn you cut a figure in a black dress like Vivienne leigh.

      Almeda RiddleAlmeda RiddleVor Monat
    • @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 McGhieVor Monat
  • I was looking for reviews on bench power supplies. I ended up on this video about a subject I have a) no idea was so interesting, b) any prior knowledge on, c) anything to gain from knowing about this Best I can say: Moving as in moving stuff, is the best way to work out.

    MazeFrameMazeFrameVor 17 Stunden
  • 9:21 this shot makes me feel like I'm helping-but-not-helping her move the table and It's making me feel so bad that I can't just help her move the table.

    Kat HowardKat HowardVor Tag
  • I'm gonna go consume myself some cake as well. thank you for the idea.

    Maddix ClawMaddix ClawVor Tag
  • I laughed when you talked about the boning channels either side of the lacing eyelets, because when I made my first corset in year 12 art, in the late 1980’s, I did not know to do that & it all scrunched up when I laced it. It was my first foray into corsetry & costuming beyond my dance school & school production costumes. It was before the internet, so my research was from my very limited local library costume texts. Now I have my own substantial costume, fashion & sewing library & the internet research at my fingertips, as well as a study tour to fashion museums in Bath, Manchester, London, Vienna, Prague, Paris & Lyon.

    Jayne ConeyJayne ConeyVor Tag
  • This looks like the designers either didn't realise or didn't care that most support and shaping in corsets comes from the pattern cutting, not from boning alone. I'm seeing way too many parallel lines in that thing.

    Northfan42Northfan42Vor Tag
  • I wonder where she moved to and if it’s larger than her NY apartment.... wait, NY apartment? That was a weird question.... of course it’s bigger than the NY apartment; they are famously tiny.... hope the move went well... sorry I’ve been away, sewing doll clothing😆❤️

    LauraLee FoleyLauraLee FoleyVor 2 Tage
  • Awesome!

    LauraLee FoleyLauraLee FoleyVor 2 Tage
  • Someone at Adidas must watch Mariah Pattie.

    RubyLovesRocketRubyLovesRocketVor 2 Tage
  • As a follower of many a passionate youtuber in their own field of interest, I have picked up quite a few quirks and pet peeves along the way. You have personally inspired at least 1 - less than accurate hair and makeup in period dramas. But another such quirk I picked up from a different youtuber is related to your laptop, specifically - CLEAN YOUR LAPTOP SCREEN AND KEYBOARD! Thank you, have a good day. Amazing video.

    Annabeth ChaseAnnabeth ChaseVor 2 Tage
  • I knew you were American before I clicked the video

    Aniqha HakimAniqha HakimVor 3 Tage
  • I’d love to hear your commentary on the current waist-training trend. I think corsets are making a huge comeback in that arena

    Bound13ssDr3amsBound13ssDr3amsVor 5 Tage
  • 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 UnmeiVor 11 Tage

    CallMeNIBSCallMeNIBSVor 12 Tage
    • Ahhhhhh!! Oh, you're right, they're the same! Thank you!

      CallMeNIBSCallMeNIBSVor 11 Tage
    • 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 CortesVor 11 Tage
  • I'd love to see Bernadette make a modern day sports corset with modern materials

    dakota manchettedakota manchetteVor 13 Tage
  • It wouldn't support your posture at all would it

    Somethin mSomethin mVor 13 Tage
  • isnt it a little too big for you?

    Greta BartelsGreta BartelsVor 13 Tage
  • 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!

    khaxjc1khaxjc1Vor 13 Tage
  • 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 beanVor 14 Tage
  • 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 SandsVor 14 Tage
  • 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.

    comradepeggyhillcomradepeggyhillVor 14 Tage
  • watching bernadette as a reward for finishing my math test

    Ari MarkovAri MarkovVor 15 Tage
  • 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 TiaVor 15 Tage
  • 12:26...those colours intentional, or? 👁👁

    rosejamrosejamVor 15 Tage
  • 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 BurninghamVor 16 Tage
  • 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 KnightVor 16 Tage
  • Do you ever wear blue jeans? Just wondering...

    George GriersonGeorge GriersonVor 17 Tage
  • Where did you get the cake from? Asking 4 me cause I live in NY and like cake:)

    Nicky RoyalNicky RoyalVor 18 Tage
  • 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 YorkVor 19 Tage
  • 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 GraceVor 19 Tage
  • 9:47 is that a Scottish flag?

    DSQueenieDSQueenieVor 19 Tage
  • I want one.

    Holl MightyHoll MightyVor 20 Tage
  • I MUST know what type of animal is in the cage!

    IceBetweenEyelinerIceBetweenEyelinerVor 20 Tage
  • 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!

    EruytEruytVor 20 Tage
  • I fell in love with Notion all over again

    Lisa CatarsiLisa CatarsiVor 21 Tag
  • I mean.... it's at least kinda cute? lol

    Photini ThorpPhotini ThorpVor 21 Tag
  • Could you do a general corset overview, like what kind of corset should you get for what purpose

    AzmuelAzmuelVor 21 Tag

    sneaky_ zombiesneaky_ zombieVor 22 Tage
  • Is that thing comparable to the tank tops with a shelf "bra" sewn in?

    Marsha AMarsha AVor 22 Tage
  • Dear Miss Banner, how can I send you a small gift?

    Melody LacyMelody LacyVor 22 Tage
  • sport corset - sportset

    Josh RussellJosh RussellVor 23 Tage
  • 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...

    AlexandriaAlexandriaVor 24 Tage
  • 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 SinitsaVor 24 Tage
  • 1:08 what's this plastic corset called ?

    Hussi PettyHussi PettyVor 25 Tage
  • 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

    welders wifewelders wifeVor 25 Tage
  • Is that a non-binary pride flag face-mask?

    Elise GElise GVor 25 Tage
  • Why did I watch this?

    Bradley GibbsBradley GibbsVor 25 Tage
  • 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 FarmVor 25 Tage
    • I mean would it prevent the underwire squirming out and stabbing me ...

      Fairytale FarmFairytale FarmVor 25 Tage
  • Seeing the genderqueer pride flag on your mask warmed my heart so much.

    Prince VincentPrince VincentVor 25 Tage
    • It's probably the women's suffragettes movement flag. Easy to confuse. Some people also thought it's the ace flag.

      Krissy MKrissy MVor 22 Tage
  • Was that a genderqueer flag mask?? 😍💜🤍💚

    the808songbirdthe808songbirdVor 26 Tage
  • I have a 19th century ad of a rowing corset. It looks very uncomfortable

    Marjolein TomassenMarjolein TomassenVor 26 Tage
  • 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 curranVor 26 Tage
  • So basically they engineered a non-corset corset.

    Aaron GlettAaron GlettVor 27 Tage
  • 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?!

    kerkiekerkieVor 27 Tage
  • sports corset: sportset??????

    Pallas CPallas CVor 27 Tage
  • 12:27 hm the genderqueer flag

    RiotiroRiotiroVor 28 Tage
  • 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

    AwkwardTurtleAwkwardTurtleVor 29 Tage
  • Just selling sex. As per usual.

    AK BauerAK BauerVor Monat
    • How is trying on a garment “selling sex”?

      Fredny CortesFredny CortesVor 11 Tage
  • 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 LongVor Monat
  • 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?

    AppleJack64AppleJack64Vor Monat
  • where tobuy corset fasteners

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

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

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

    Vered BrandmanVered BrandmanVor Monat
  • 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 ZwaneVor Monat
  • My boobs hurt just watching this.

    Can't SayCan't SayVor Monat
  • 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 BateVor Monat
  • I hope the move is a good thing, the space was probably tight but your old sewing room was beautiful.

    Elouj Time ReaverElouj Time ReaverVor Monat
So, sportswear companies are selling "corsets" now. Let's investigate.