Beyonce wears one onstage. So does Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. Ebay has sold 1,900 of them in the past three months. Vintage boutiques are marking up their prices like mad. What are they? Corsets, of course! The Spanx of the Victorian era is back in a big way, and their recent popularity has the fashion industry and historians searching for answers. Why is everyone suddenly clamoring for a corset of their very own? After all, they’re not exactly comfortable or practical. The BBC’s Vanessa Barford tackled this question in a fascinating article about the history of the corset, and it turns out that there are quite a few factors contributing to the current trend… Keep reading »
As though Jean-Paul Gaultier’s couture presentation weren’t awesome enough with its copious turbans and leather, Dita Von Teese capped off the show in a patent leather, jewel-encrusted, and, best of all, mechanical corset. Only vaguely skeletal from the front, the thing looked positively macabre (in a cool way) from the back. Click through for more images of Madame Von Teese strutting it in her skeleton corset and silk turban. [Styleite] Keep reading »
How do we feel about corsets? Burlesque performers, like our girl Dita Von Teese, can wear a corset and look damn hot doing it. But on the other end of the spectrum, there’s those frightening women who mush their organs together inside tight corsets, gunning for a six-inch waist. Chicks like that have got some serious ish.
Somewhere in the middle is Megan Fox in “Jonah Hex,” which looks likes it’s set in the Wild West and calls for her to wear an old-timey corset and bustle. Fox recently spoke with InStyle magazine about how the “Jonah Hex” wardrobe department snapped her into corsets to get her waist down to 18 inches, which “would leave these deep grooves, these deep indents from the boning in the corsets, for the whole next day.” Ew, right? Keep reading »
California-based costume-maker Evening Arwen — a name straight out of a sci-fi fantasy movie — has created these corsets inspired by the uniforms of Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers in “Star Wars.” I can think of no better way to enhance our Simcha’s curves! [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
In her new music video for “Can’t Be Tamed,” Miley Cyrus wears a corset dress made of giant-ass peacock feathers and 2,400 tiny metal pieces— with a price tag of $25,000! Aww, she’s like a little baby J.Lo. [US Weekly] Keep reading »