A basque (also known as a
torsolette) is an item of women's historical apparel. The term, of French origin, can mean either a long corsetor jacketcharacterised by a close, contoured fit and extending past the waistline over the hips.
In Victorian outerwear, "basque" refers to a closely fitted
jacketextending at the back past the waistline over the hips, to be worn over a bustle. In 20th century and contemporary attire, the term is used to refer to an article of lingerie, particularly a torso-hugging camisolethat resembles a basque or corset (typically featuring decorative front or back lace-up detail), but of more delicate construction and offering little or no figure-molding compression.
"Basque" may also refer to details reminiscent of lingerie such as frilly
laceand cutout, "peekaboo" designs.
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