I’ve heard the term “wasp waist,” but never really understood it until I came upon an unaltered dress that once belonged to the Empress Elisabeth, known as “Sisi” in Austria. She was a celebrated beauty, married at 16 to her cousin the Emperor Franz Joseph. She pretty much invented anorexia in her age, dieting obsessively and exercising for hours every day. Even after dutifully giving birth to four children, including the required male heir, her waist measured 20 inches for her entire life. Amazingly, her waist was actually had a larger diameter front to back than side to side. I can only guess how it must have felt to be corseted into this dress.