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Wearable Art: Historical Corsets by Retro Folie

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Sometimes I get so preoccupied with covering trends and fashion items and staying on top of everything lingerie, that I forget it's okay to talk about beautiful things simply because they're beautiful. I found the items in today's blog post through Tumblr, and trust me when I say they left me breathless.

Though I'm not TLA's resident corsetry expert (that honor goes to Marianne), I can admire and appreciate a beautiful corset when I see it. Pattern matching in particular makes me swoon. I don't sew, so I can't speak to hard or how easy that kind of construction technique is, but I know it makes a powerful visual impression. Even the simplest corset, the most basic silhouette, instantly looks more luxurious with that kind of symmetry at the front.

These corsets from Retro Folie (who, full disclosure, I am never bought from before) are gorgeous, and transform an already beautiful garment into a work of art... on multiple levels. I'm no stylist, but I'd love to see an outfit with one of these at the center. Personally, I'm tempted to frame one and put it on my wall.

What are your thoughts on these Art History corsets? And would you wear one?

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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.