There have been so many beautiful corset photos and design concepts coming up on my Facebook feed lately! I simply had to compile a handful of my favorite designs and news items into a post for you.
I just adore everything about this Sian Hoffman photo by Tim Bret Day. The hair, the set, the pose, and especially that corset! This quirky panty girdle features an ouvert rear, attached garters, and what appears to be extra boning and a halter/harness strap in the front. From a maker’s perspective, even with the aid of stretch fabrics (as is Sian Hoffman’s wont), the fit for this type of garment is to be admired. Notice how the panty lays perfectly against the rear, staying up without cutting in. If the intersection of retro, modern, and fetish is your cuppa tea, then Sian Hoffman is the corsetiere for you.
Particularly thrilling to corsetmakers is the reintroduction by Vanyanís of engraved busks. (A busk is the front closure hardware found in most corsets.) Engraved busks – often branded – are sometimes found in antique corsets… which would make this the first time they’ve been used in new manufacturing in at least a century. Seen above is the “laurel” motif etched in three finishes: silver, black, and gold. Corsetieres the world over are in awe, and perhaps just a bit green with envy…
Shortly after seeing the Sian Hoffman girdle above, I saw this amazing collar by Videnoir. And then Videnoir posted more photos of the dress shown above. This corset dress showcases exquisite lines on a mesh body, and of course Videnoir’s signature flocked print, literally highlighted with what is surely hundreds of rhinestones. The contrasting textures are topped off with drapes along the neckline and a full mermaid skirt.
Along similar lines, yet distinctively her own, is this scarlet corset by Neon Duchess. This piece is made to be worn on stage by violinist Analiza Ching. Uneven layers of red tulle are draped onto the bodice and into a peplum-like fluffy skirt. The tulle is appliqued with lace, which is then edged with rhinestones. As you can see from the pins, corsetiere Hannah Light is still working on the finishing touches, and I can’t wait to see what the final piece looks like.
Lastly, we have this corset of jaw-dropping hipspring by corsetry darling, Sparklewren. You should really read her full blog post. This corset was made for Cathy Hay, the publisher of Foundations Revealed, to be worn under an exquisite Edwardian gown, with the goal
“…to create the fashionable silhouette through whatever era-appropriate means possible, rather than making a corset (and subsequent ensemble) to “fit”.”
It’s a study in proportion, historic techniques, and optical illusion. Cathy Hay’s blog post shows a stunning photo from a toile fitting, showing her hips padded out an additional 6″ to fill in the hip spring.
Lastly, to top this all off, I’d like to share a couple of other “news” pieces from other media outlets which have crossed my screen lately.
From Whale Jaws to Corsets: How Sailors’ Love Tokens Got Into Women’s Underwear – speaking of engraved busks, check out these lovely carved whalebone busks. “Busks” have been an integral part of corsetry since long before the separating metal closures we now know.
Cinderella Costume Designer on Corsets: Actors Like Them – although at this point hopefully you are no longer concerned with Cinderella’s waist, but it’s still a lovely interview. You can also get a glimpse of some of the design sketches for the costumes in the film.
Shake What Your Mama Didn’t Give You: Shapewear Through the Ages – this piece is wonderfully balanced. It quickly contextualizes corsets, spanx, plastic surgery, and even codpieces as mere elements to a “cultural” body, a concept which has always existed, merely changed over time.
Have you recently seen any corset designs or details that particularly caught your eye? Which of the above concepts do you find the most interesting? Share your thoughts in the comments below.