The celebrity catwalk is currently alive with stars rocking the corset look. From Rihanna to Megan Fox, from Victoria Beckham to Beyonce- the corset is making a huge comeback. One of the best traits of the much-loved corset is its sheer diversity and range, meaning that no matter what your shape, size or style…there is a corset out there to suit every woman. Perhaps we don’t all have the attitude to match Rihanna’s gothic chained look, or the confidence to carry off Jessica Simpson’s racy burlesque Moulin Rouge number, but as a fashion item that not only looks great, make can build confidence too? It’s a win win. The high street has embraced the look, combining the corset into dresses, tops and even office wear to emulate the catwalk look: bringing the once closeted lingerie look out of the underwear drawer, and out on display.
With its body sculpting qualities, it then comes as no surprise that the corset is also at the forefront of wedding fashion- both beneath the dress and above it. Incorporating a steel boned closet into your wedding lingerie selection can ensure those pesky love handles are tamed and your bust boosted to perfection, sculpting your body to a flawless hourglass figure for your special day. Of course, it comes as a nice treat for the wedding night too!
However, it’s the corset wedding dress that has seen the greatest boost in recent wedding fashion, both at celebrity level and below. The dainty number sported by Reese Witherspoon during her 2011 wedding to talent agent Tim Roth boasted a corset of Chantilly lace in blush-coloured pink, the stunning strapless sweetheart neckline delicately sculpting her shape for a breath-taking, feminine look. A full A-line skirt completed the look: the result? A custom made dress that incorporated a traditional feel with a modern twist, combining the corset top with the full-length veil, pink silk sash and soft floating lace. “She literally took your breath away”, gushed one guest.
And who can forget the world’s most anticipated wedding dress: Kate Middleton wowed the nation as she stepped down the red carpeted aisle in a stunning Alexander McQueen creation in April 2011. The lace-sleeved “v-necked” ivory silk gown boasted a more subtle corset basque, beautifully tailored to the future Duchesses tiny frame. A 20ft train balanced the neat and dainty bustier and delicate lace, drawing gasps of admiration from around the globe. Whether integrated into the dress or as part of a two-piece, the corset continues to hold pride of place on the wedding dress catwalk.
For many, the lingerie corset can be a life-saver ahead of the special day, offering a little extra support and shape to accommodate a little extra weight gain – or loss!- before stepping into that dress, saving the cost and stress of last minute dress alterations. Specially designed, wedding dress corsets don’t have the bulk associated with traditional corsets and slide safely unseen beneath your wedding dress- catering for those looking for a more dramatic hourglass figure with waist reduction and a curvaceous silhouette, or those simply looking for a little extra confidence.
However, it is the corset wedding dress style, focusing on beauty and design over practical purpose, which is currently taking the industry by storm. Whether it’s the full corset dress or the two-piece, the corset can be tailored to every taste and style; every shape and every theme. From feminine to sexy, bold to understated: there’s a look out there for you.