Corsetry is a subject that I am really excited to be learning more about this year, starting with acquiring my first real corset. I love the fascinating mechanics of corsets that create an hourglass figure, as well as as the history of how it created a desirable figure according to the fashion of the time.
I am lucky enough to know Angela Friedman, who makes fabulous lingerie and corsetry and was looking for someone to participate in a ‘special corset project’. We managed to figure out an arrangement wherein I paid for my beautiful corset in part by doing my very best posing and agreeing to be on her Etsy page. My modeling could clearly do with some work, but I think we can all agree there is a reason there are professionals who do this.
My beautiful corset is the most expensive piece of lingerie I own, but boy is it beautiful and sturdy and makes me feel stunning. I love the Edwardian shape and the sweet ivory ruffles. I didn’t expect how comfortable it would be, but I wore it all day for a picnic and except for the discomfort caused by eating more cake and biscuits than anyone ought to, it was relatively easy to wear. Of course, your options for how to position yourself are more limited, but you certainly look more picturesque when you do it.
I met a little girl in the park who was so taken with my corset that she said I looked like a princess! I thought it was adorable, but it was also interesting that she connected the hourglass shape of the corset with princesses– and an idea worth exploring another time. On a more superficial note, her comment inspired me to go home and take a lot of photos of me being a princess in a tower (waiting for my other princess to come rescue me, of course).
I’m only just a corset beginner, but I am reading Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele (which is fascinating so far) and I do plan to make my own corset this summer! You will get more corset updates soon, just you wait.
This is really a photo-heavy post, which I hope you enjoy! I am planning to crystallize my thoughts about corsets in a more coherent post soon— I’ve been thinking a lot about the way corsets have been vilified in combination with the issues with prevalent idea that in the past everyone was so much tinier and a different shape in the past without actually considering how that shape was achieved.
What do you think? Isn’t my new corset lovely?