Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Skeleton Corsets in Modern Corsetry

Happy Halloween!
Thought that the Skeleton Corset would be a good blog topic for today.
A Skeleton Corset is a corset made without fabric panels between the bones. they showed up in the late 1860's and go in and out of fashion for summer wear throughout the Victorian time period.

There are a few well known examples, first the Victoria & Albert Museum's 1890-1900 example is the most widely known having been published in books T.184-1962

This style has several horizontal bands holding the vertical bones together.

Next is the Metropolitan Museum's 1871 Example  2009.300.3104a–c which the acquired from the Brooklyn Museum.

This style has a wide waistband but no other horizontal bands other than the top and bottom binding.
I also have two Skeleton Corsets from the Brooklyn Museum.

There have been a Few Brave Souls who have recreated Skeleton Corsets, like my friend Twila, who based hers off the Met and my examples. She won an award for the whole outfit too, well worth reading her Dress Diary on it.

Then there have been some on the Live Journal Community Corset Makers. this link will take you the the Tag for Skeleton and Mesh Corset Some posts may be locked, in which case you will need to have a Live Journal account (it's free) and join the community.

Now that We have a bit of the History on it, let's take a look at just some of the modern examples.

If you do a web search the two examples you are likely to run into first are the Jean Paul Gaultier skeleton corset for Dita Von Teese and Louise Black's underbust corset with Skeleton Cameo on the front. Those two images are so prolific, I am not even going to share them!

Alexander McQueen

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013
Source: via Corsetra on Pinterest

Both these examples are qworn OVER other garments, likely structured as corsets.

Spring 2012

This looks like it is either the mass produced example or more likely a Knock off with the zipper in front


Source: via Corsetra on Pinterest

Jean Paul Gaultier
Spring 2013

Fall 2012
Source: via Corsetra on Pinterest
Source: via Corsetra on Pinterest

Other Designers 

Skeleton corset-Paul Seville

Cage skeleton corset with nude net lining by ateliersylphecorsets
Source: via Corsetra on Pinterest

Skeleton Corset by Lovesick

fleet ilya

La Perla Cage Bustier

I will continue to collect images of Modern Skeleton Corsets, so feel free to share with me, or if you need to correct my attributions, please do. I do not keep up with Modern Fashion well.

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