WASP WAIST

  • Directed By: Magda Matwiejew
  • Australia / 6 minutes
  • Screening: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 215PM
  • Screens In: SHORTS VII: ANIMATION/EXPERIMENTAL
  • Tickets:

    Free for Festival Pass Holders, or buy a ticket for Shorts VII.

  • Location: Hollywood Theatre

Wasp Waist_2013WASP WAIST is an animated film about women of the late nineteenth century who practiced tight lacing by wearing corsets to attain an unnaturally small waist. This small waist was likened to that of wasps segmented body. The ideal of feminine beauty was to have a tiny waist of 16 to 15 inches. Hips were enhanced with bustle’s and breasts with padding heightening female sexuality. Creating ideals of sadomasochism, sexuality, frailty and even death celebrated by Victorian art, music and literature. The practice to achieve this often started at puberty, this was called ‘tight lacing’ to increase the tightness over time in order to achieve the desired body shape a ‘Finished figure’. Corsets fitted in early childhood and worn until death.