type of clothing for women and girls, traditional tight-fitting sleeveless garment for the torso and bust; later, the portion of a dress that covers the upper body

A bodice ( /ˈbɒdɪs/) is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist.

Line art drawing of a bodice
Countrywoman's bodice, 19th century (Detail of The Hay-Harvest by Joseph Julien).

Further readingEdit

  • Arnold, Janet: Patterns of Fashion: the cut and construction of clothes for men and women 1560-1620, Macmillan 1985. (ISBN 0-89676-083-9)
  • Steele, Valerie: "The Corset: A Cultural History" Yale University Press, 2001.

Other websitesEdit

  •   The dictionary definition of bodice at Wiktionary
  •   Media related to Bodices at Wikimedia Commons