They are actually, quite old fashioned in style having adjustable clips.
Oddly, Miss Russell has already dressed and the scene makes little more sense than the rest of the film! At least Miss Gale's corsets are properly laced which shows off her fine figure even if the uncorsetted areas do wobble alarmingly.
If you ever wondered what the frumpy girl Mare Winningham was wearing beneath her cardie and skirt, well St.
Fullerton wears the with a pinafore to die for! She was surrounded by family including her husband of 49 years, screenwriter Jack Cocks, 74, and their son, Sam.
The actresses went on strike to complain about wearing such tight corsets, however, this was widely regarded as a blatant publicity stunt.
Imagine 40 years on, toothless and wearing her corsets underneath that all enveloping satin housecoat! In fact, in 1960, the shop assistant would wear a girdle but the outline on her skirt suggests a brief panty-girdle at best.