Sometimes I come across something on Tumblr that stops me in my tracks: Charlotte Raine’s corsets were exactly that. I’m not sure how this collection could make me any happier, because I love both the range of historical influences and the delicious pastel colors that remind me of fancy French pastries. The fact that this shoot is so perfectly styled is just the icing on the cake!
Many corsetières prefer to focus on Victorian era corsets and later, as those are really the styles that we know as the ‘corset’– previous incarnations should properly be called ‘stays’ (as Charlotte Raine categorizes them)– but I appreciate how she has embraced so many different silhouettes. The ‘Beth’ stays above are Tudor stays based on mid-late 16th Century designs, but are given a sweet update with the pale greeny-turquoise color that makes it seem more appropriate for a fairy princess than a historical reproduction.
The Henrietta stays are Stuart stays based on 1600-1630 designs and I am in love with the appropriately military styling for an English Civil War era design. The lacing on the front of the stays is such a gorgeous detail, I *might* have to admit that this is my favorite one! But I hope you can see that the competition is tough.
These delightful, pink ‘Antoinette’ stays are so cute it’s hard to tear my eyes away. They are based on mid-late eighteenth century designs and the name is clearly a nod to the luxurious lifestyle of Marie Antoinette herself. I would love to wear this corset with a robin’s egg blue petticoat and flounce about at a tea party (that is what I want to do most of the time).
The Scarlet corset is a Mid-Victorian corset based on a 1860s design & I’m guessing that the Scarlet referred to might be ‘O’ Hara.’ I find yellow to be a difficult color sometimes, but it really looks perfect when coordinated with the pale pink and those matching stockings are a wonderful touch.
Belle is plain, yet lovely with an 1880’s style shape. I think the styling of this photo really lets the simplicity of the corset shine! I want that adorable baby sewing machine, also.
The Camille corset is an early 1900’s-style model in the most delicious raspberry color I’ve ever seen. I love the unlikely color combination with this silhouette– the whole thing is stunning!
Each of these corsets seems like some sort of delicate confection and the coloring just reinforces that idea. I wish Charlotte Raine was based somewhere a little closer to me so that I could see these gorgeous corsets in person! Do you love them as much as I do?