The other day I posted the first part of this, what is NOT a corset featuring those, quite frankly, ugly car tyre innertube contraptions. So today I’m going to go onto what is a corset – but first, im really sorry to break this to you all, but so long as i draw breath, I will never consider one of these to be a real corset – ever.
This particular one is an infamous Corsets UK/Corset Story/Corset Wholesale/Corset Deal/ Punk 69/ whatever other domain they can get their hands on ‘corset shaped(ish) garment. Yes it has a few separate panels, Yes it has a busk, Yes, it has lacing at the back, and yes, it has steel bones (sometimes). Aside from the sheer tackiness of the item (this would count as something a rather naive, and soon to be EX boyfriend might present to their lady on Valentines day perhaps) There are a few things about this piece that should instantly raise suspicion as to why is might not be all that great to not only wear, but might not do what you expect a real corset to do – cinch you in at the waist:
- These are made in Pakistan/China. whilst some good things come out of Pakistan/China, have you ever looked at the difference in body shape? Western women are, by hereditory and diet/nutrition more rounded, and curvier than say, a Chinese woman. This is not to say ALL western women are curvy, and ALL Chinese Women are slim & boyish, but you get the idea. This could explain why so many of this companies ‘corsets’ look like tubes, and have no real curve – dont let those photoshopped pictures fool you!
- Have you ever wondered why a corsetiere in the UK will charge you anywhere from £150 upwards and well into the thousands in some cases, for a corset, yet Corsets UK et al can sell them for £50 or LESS? its not because we are greedy, its because we we have a UK minimum wage per hour which is more than some of these places pay their workers PER MONTH.
- The materials we use are top quality, to give you an idea, I have just finished a commission where i used a ‘spoon busk’ that spoon busk alone cost me £28. However, several corsetieres I know, including myself (pictured) have actually cut apart these imported ones to find them full of scrap metal, electricians tape and other things: I doubt the sum total of the busk was 28p.
SO, NOW I’VE FINISHED RANTING ABOUT THOSE TUBES, LETS LOOK AT REAL CORSETRY!
There are so many other designers that I absolutely adore and aspire to be as good as, that this blog post would go on forever, so ill stop with 4 (including my own work of course) and simply say that:
if you want curves like the ones that a real corset will give you, save up your pennies and buy a real corset!
Many corsetieres work off bespoke made of order’s but there are still a few companies who sell off the rack corsets that are real corsets, and are suitable for waist training and tightlacing (yes, there IS a difference and many people do get the two confused) and this is something im going to discuss soon – probably in my next blog post.
Now, where are those Hob Nobs again?