Corsets and the modern Wedding Dress

This month I am focusing on the bridal corset for the brides that are after more of a figure-hugging silhouette. Here’s a little exert that caught my eye, from the Vogue newsletter 27/7/18 …

“Despite my sartorial and slightly neurotic pauses, I continue to be drawn to corsets. They are beautiful, wearable objects of desire, in my opinion, especially those that borrow their style directly from the 19th century. Back then, corsets were undergarments meant to shape-shift a woman’s figure and give her an hourglass outline that could measure as small as 17 inches in the middle (see, a barely able to breathe Scarlett O’Hara holding onto a bedpost and being aggressively tied into her corset in Gone With the Wind). Outside of the waist trainers we see on many a D-list celebrity Instagram account, the days of corset as pain mechanism are in the rear-view mirror, or at least they should be. I try to think of this fact when I’m shopping for corsets, and I also look to the great and powerful rise of Spanx during the last decade. Every woman can appreciate a good pair of Spanx. The undergarment brings us together, lifting and tightening all of our loose bits.

Corsets can do the same, especially considering that they’re no longer only worn underneath a dress. As Vogue’s Fashion News Director Chioma Nnadi explains, “I think all women want to feel like they have a waist if they don’t typically wear a lot of form-fitting clothes. A corset can be empowering in that way.” They’re also surprisingly versatile, too, as Vogue contributing editor Lynn Yaeger pointed out earlier this year after we saw corsets and bustiers come down the Spring runways at Alexander McQueen, Mugler, and Thom Browne. Essentially, you don’t have to look like Dita Von Teese lounging in a giant martini glass. A corset can be worn over a prairie dress or even a men’s button-down with loosely cut trousers.

I’ve come to appreciate the freedom corsets actually provide women. I’m no Scarlett O’Hara hoping to catch the gaze of Ashley Wilkes. Wearing a corset in 2018 is about standing up straight, showing off my body with pride, and even, in a way, armouring myself against little daily misogynies.”


There are many forms of corsets and during the design process I will consider the most appropriate one for your design and if you even need one at all! They can create shape and form, even in the simplest of gowns, allowing soft fabrics to drape freely without losing their form and shape. Here’s a few examples to show the diversity..

strapless lace wedding dress
silk couture | corset | skirt & top
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