E-bay has two really spectacular auctions going on right now. One is a sample from Starkers! Corsets. The other is an antique corset which appears to be from the early 1900′s.
I believe I mentioned Starkers in my series of entries on how to buy a corset. Starkers is a Canada based company that’s well known for it’s innovative custom corsetry. The piece on auction is from their Dorris collection…basically, it’s a corset dress.
I love corset dresses.
Bidding is currently at $100 USD which is an outright steal considering how this dress starts at $620.00 USD on the website. The corset up for auction is made from black silk, and, fully closed , its measurements are 26-22-32 (inches). Maximum, this dress fits measurements 31-27-37 (inches). That first measurement in the series is of the underbust, by the way, not the bust…so you’d want to measure your ribcage just under your bust to see if this could fit you. If I were a little smaller, I know I’d snap this up in a heartbeat.
The next corset is a museum quality gem. I don’t know as much about Edwardian fashion (Lara Corsets is the place to go for more information on that), but I can tell you I have never seen such a pristine corset from this period. Shockingly enough, it appears to brand new and never worn. It even comes in the original box.
Bidding starts at 150 Euros (about $215.37 USD), and the seller lives in France. The corset has a 19″ waist, but that’s immaterial as you really shouldn’t wear a piece like this anyway. If you’re a collector of vintage lingerie or a costume designer or seamstress, this seems like the perfect piece to add to your collection. I’m smitten.