This type of corset is essential in creating the curvy silhouette, typical of the late Victorian era and early Edwardian era. It creates the small waist/rounded hip profile, flat tummy and emphasises the chest - ideal for a Gibson girl look!
This type of corset was often paired up with a bust improver (padding|) to form the fashionable pidgeon chest look. Any modern padding can be used too ( the trick is to place it under the breasts.....)
Hip padding was also used a lot to create the illusion of a smaller waist.
Asbin the era, silk was used for light, single layer corsetry. they were however most likely a 'special occassion' wear as inevitably silk would wear much faster ( and bones would need realising more often) if worn everyday. I would not recommend a silk corset for extensive everyday use- coutils will be much more durable! If you are after a pretty model for a ball, or infrequent use, no problem:-)
Late Victorian corset in stiff silk with polka dot pattern
Cut , featuring flat felled seams, suitable for 1895- 1905
*sturdy steel busk
*interior chanels in cotton tape
* bones flossed with contrasting threads
*boned with a mix of flat and spring steel bones
*back lacing eyelets with washers
*edges bound in the same fabric
* decorated with lace and silk ribbon
Measurements - the corset closes at:
bust - 38.5" (98cm)
Waist - 27" (68.5cm)
hip - 38.5" (98cm)
side length, waist to underarm - 6" (15cm)
Would best suit a size 12 , with a natural waist of 29-32", chest 40"-42" (or padding), hips 40 -42"
Here shown on a model size 10, tiny bid too big
All our Victorian corsets have the standard 2 inches waist reduction built in – the reduction will vary from person to person depending on the lady’s built and body type. Please measure carefully – your actual waist measurement should be at least 3 inches more than the waist measurement of the corset.
The corset doesn't need to close - a gap at the back is perfectly normal, allowing a greater range of sizes to be worn.
If you are interested with a corset with more or less reduction, please contact us asking for a bespoke order – more information on ordering in the Bespoke section.
Please note that wearing an incorrect size or incorrect use of a corset might result in health issues. Corsets can be beneficial in certain conditions - but detrimental in others, so if you have a back/ spine/rib condition please check with your doctor prior to purchasing one. A well fitted corset should feel like a hug and should not cause any discomfort.
If you need a corset to help with any issues, please consult and order bespoke with a profesional medical corsetiere who would be able to design the amount of support suitable to your needs.
It is recommended that only ladies over 18 years old wear and buy corsets.
Prior Attire will not be liable for any medical issues caused by incorrect fit or incorrect/prolonged wearing etc of our corsets.