If the 'dress reformer' Ira Warner did not advocate abolishing corsets, that is probably because he is Ira De Ver Warner, one of the two Warner Brothers, of Warner Brothers Corset Co.
Whilst the ventilating corset illustrated could have had more ventilation, such corsets were available, and sold by the likes of David Fanning of Worcester Corset Co. since about 1870. Corsets made of open mesh fabric were also made by brand name firms like Thomson, Langdon & Co.
The corsets from the Leceister Museums collection are not unworn because they were bad, but because these corsets came from Symingtons, a corset firm that bought corsets from other manufacturers, probably for research. Therefore no need to buy old, worn or dirty corsets - it would have delayed analysis and copying if nothing else.
More snide remarks about Ixtle... William Pretty & Sons used this in their corsets as their firm had close relations with Warner Brothers and swapped or traded patented technologies. Ixtle was manufactured into Coraline, and Coraline corsets sold by the million. William Pretty manufactured these too, and Warners sold Pretty's corsets in the US.
Yes, 15 inch corsets were available. So were 54 inch. You may gather by now I found the author's prejudices and poor research rather irritating, sad to say.
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