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Corset Style Watch: 5 Spooky Skeleton Corsets

Ribcage corset by Cinched Tight

Ribcage corset by Cinched Tight

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait — what do you mean, that’s Christmas? I love Halloween and Día de los Muertos and their associated season, mood, decorations, and overall style — holidays with pizazz!  Admittedly, as one of my friends once told me, “You just like Halloween because it’s an excuse to play dress up, and you do that every day, Marianne.” But now it is time to play dress up with a purpose. Check out the delightful skeleton motif corsets below (listed alphabetically by designer) and see some more along the same lines on my eponymous Pinterest board.

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Cinched Tight

Cinched Tight: Ribcage Overbust Corset
Cinched Tight’s signature Ribcage overbust has a fashion layer of silk dupioni (one of my favorite fabrics) with hand-appliqued stylized bones and an anatomical heart. This corset is definitely the most classically gothic of those on this list. It is also highly customizable, with each element available in a range of colors and a couple additional embellishment options for the heart.

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Contrived to Charm

Contrived to Charm: Tooled Leather Ribcage Corset Belt
This beautiful tooled leather belt wins honorable mention on this list, as it is not a true corset. It looks to be very lightly shaped along the laced-up side seams, and fits with the bottom edge on or just below the natural waistline. The leather tooling and hand painting is just beautiful. Those a little corset-shy may find this piece a bit more wearable, and those with an interest in anatomy should be pleased by the rendition.


Louise Black

Louise Black
One surely cannot discuss skeleton corsets without mentioning the famous Louise Black cameo corsets! They can be made in an assortment of fabrications, though I am particularly fond of the stripe and scroll combination shown above. Unfortunately at this time it seems that her Etsy store has been deactivated, as all the links through are dead.

Pop Antique

Pop Antique

Pop Antique
Naturally, I am particularly fond of this “T-shirt corset” style from my line. The skeleton illustration is a custom screen print onto organic cotton interlock, overlayed onto a single layer corset of any style. The illustration is from an antique anti-corset propaganda piece; the t-shirt overlay hides a front busk. This look is fun and versatile, and a bit more casual than the other styles shown — it could be easily worn with jeans.


Sweet Carousel

Sweet Carousel
Sweet Carousel was reader’s choice for best corset brand in 2012 here at The Lingerie Addict. Their skeleton corset doesn’t disappoint: the applique is cut exactingly in your choice of vinyl (white is the default, of course), overlayed onto a satin corset. Click through to the Etsy link to see some interesting variations: hearts, underbusts, and interesting color combinations.


The illustration that inspired my “skelly” t-shirt corset.

Would you rock these spooky styles for Halloween?  Year-round?  Which is your favorite take on the style?  


Close up of Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture skeleton corset body, at the 2012 de Young museum exhibition. Photo by Marianne Faulkner.

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Marianne Faulkner

Marianne Faulkner is the designer of Pop Antique, a clothing and corsetry line specializing in sustainable materials and comfortable curves. She is based in San Francisco where she earned her MFA in fashion design at the Academy of Art University, and has been a columnist at The Lingerie Addict since 2011.

7 Comments on this post

  1. KathTea says:

    Louise Black has reactivated her shop! YAY!

  2. Maria says:

    I’ve been doing a bit of research on corsets for personal research in college and was thinking of combining anatomy and corsetry in a design kind of like these!

  3. Avigayil says:

    My favourite is the very first picture by Cinched Tight. Just lovely.

  4. KathTea says:

    Ah! Love love LOVE!

  5. Awesome corsets everyone!

  6. Lindsay says:

    I want that Sweet Carousel one SO BAD!!

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