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A '''bodice''' is the upper (torso) section of a dress or gown. It covers the upper body and supports the weight of the attached skirt. It may be laced up at the front, side or back, buttoned, or clsed with hooks and eyes.
A '''bodice''' is an item of feminine [[clothing]], serving the function of holding in the middle and lower torso. In the more demure cases it extends up towards the neck line, framing the [[chemise]]; in the less demure, it tends to exhibit (by underpinning and upthrusting) the bosomal area. Often requires [[lacing]], either front or back.
 
   
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In period, a "pair of bodies" referred to a corset, that is to say, a feminine foundation garment worn over the [[smock]]/[[chemise]] and under the gown-- never outerwear. Historically speaking, the seperate bodice and skirt as outerwear probably did not appear until the very end of the SCA period.
It was the forerunner of the [[corset]], but worn outside rather than underneath.
 
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In modern parlance a bodice may also be an item of outerwear, often worn with a seperate skirt and chemise. In the more demure cases it extends up towards the neck line, framing the [[chemise]]; in the less demure, it tends to exhibit the bosom. This look is populare with Renaissance Faire-goers and self-described "wenches".
   
 
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Revision as of 19:18, 17 July 2007

A bodice is the upper (torso) section of a dress or gown. It covers the upper body and supports the weight of the attached skirt. It may be laced up at the front, side or back, buttoned, or clsed with hooks and eyes.

In period, a "pair of bodies" referred to a corset, that is to say, a feminine foundation garment worn over the smock/chemise and under the gown-- never outerwear. Historically speaking, the seperate bodice and skirt as outerwear probably did not appear until the very end of the SCA period.

In modern parlance a bodice may also be an item of outerwear, often worn with a seperate skirt and chemise. In the more demure cases it extends up towards the neck line, framing the chemise; in the less demure, it tends to exhibit the bosom. This look is populare with Renaissance Faire-goers and self-described "wenches".