“I’m one of those strange beasts who really likes a corset.”
– Cate Blanchett
Me too Cate, me too. It’s funny, the misconception that corsets are some kind of torture device. The first time I ever put one on, I think the first words out of my mouth were, “Wow. This feels amazing.”
Which is why I was super happy to join the Versatile Corsets team, back in November when I first accepted this position. Aside from having a degree in fashion design, I also have a huge passion for vintage and historic clothing. I love to learn how things are made, and study garments that are complicated to construct – clothing that has some serious stuff going on inside, as well as outside. What fits that bill more than the corset?! It’s more than clothing, it’s like this….amazing contraption! The best invention. A perfect fashion item that also serves many functions. I know the women of the 20’s would disagree, but that’s another post, for another time. Another era, another opinion. 😉 So anyway, I felt really lucky to have found a job that was such a perfect fit to my interests and passions. Corsets have truly stood the test of time, and given the ebb and flow of fashion and the way that everything that was once old becomes new again, it’s not surprising.
But I think what I love even more than all that, is the way that corsets really are so… (pardon my pun) Versatile. You see them in so many different cultures and worn so many different ways – burlesque, goth, steampunk, rockabilly, vintage, pin-up, high fashion, victorian, medieval, renaissance, bridal, fetish… whew, and these were just the ones that came to the top of my head right away.
There are so many millions of topics to cover on corsets – how they are made, when they started, what they are used for now vs. what they were used for in their beginning, tight lacing, waist training, types of boning, the correct method of lacing, how we make our corsets…. etc etc etc! It’s a good thing we have our own blog now, because this means I get to talk about corsets all day, every day, to who ever feels like listening. 🙂
ps – Here’s me in my FAVORITE corset, which is our Zinnia over bust in gold satin with black satin boning fabric with a tulle dot overlay. This was my New Years Eve photo op 😉