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Steampunk Style Corsets

Updated on January 13, 2017
Stylish Steampunk Corsets
Stylish Steampunk Corsets

Corsets - The Foundation of Female Steampunk Outfits

When looking to create an intricate female Steampunk design, a corset is a must have for the stylish ladies out there.

Corsets are the foundation of many Steampunk outfits due to their connection to Victorian era fashion. They also cross over into many other areas of modern style, including vampire and Wild West themes, both of which have found a niche in the Steampunk sub-culture.

By basing your look off of a certain style of corset, you are setting yourself up for a convincing Steampunk inspired outfit for your next party or Steampunk gathering.

Read on as we look at a bit of the history of corsets, as well as provide a glimpse at some of the modern versions that are available in today's market.

How Whalebone Became the Foundation for Early Corsets

Silk Corset With Whalebone
Silk Corset With Whalebone

A Brief History of Corsetry

The origins of the corset are generally attributed to the 16th century Italians. However, it was when Catherine de Medici introduced them to the fashionable women of the French courts that corsets became a mainstay, and they remained that way up until the French Revolution of 1789.

With the advent of sailing ships allowing navigation of most parts of the globe in the 16th century, whale hunting grounds were opened up, and the use of whalebone, or baleen, became popular. Not actually made from whale bones, baleen is made from a material near the jaw bone of a whale that consists of keratin. It is sturdy and flexible, which made it suitable for adding support to women's undergarments.

Photo Credit: Woman's corset figured silk 1730-1740 via Wikipedia cc

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Victorian Women Give Corsets a Lift

Corsets enjoyed another period of popularity during in Victorian era England, which is one of the time periods that Steampunk gets a lot of its inspiration from.

By this time whalebone stays running through the corset had been replaced by metallic eyelets in the front of the garment.

This helped reinforce the fabrics that were made from lighter materials like silk, while at the same time allowing for a tighter draw, resulting in the desired hourglass figure look.

Photo Credit: Boston Public Library via Compfight cc

Corset Tutorial Video

How To Put On A Corset By Yourself

1. Loosen the laces so that you can put it on comfortably.

2. Carefully line up the two sides of your busk on the front of the corset.

Line up the pins and the holes and clip the busk together.

3. Tighten the lacing, starting from the top.

Next, go to the bottom of the lacing and pull the laces tighter there.

Then work the bottom half of the lacing tighter.

4. Tie off the loose lacing on the back of your corset.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I've always loved the look of a corset but haven't worn one. You have some very pretty ones shown here.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      My grandmother a Victorian Lady wore a pink bustier I remember as a kid helping her pull the strings to tighten it for her. I never thought that it helped her since she weight a couple hundred pounds,

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Gorgeous corsets!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love them - so sexy!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These are so fun.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Some of these are really hot!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      So pretty and sexy.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Very sexy!

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      These steampunk corsets rock!

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      cgbroome 5 years ago

      Some of these are absolutely beautiful! I never knew there were so many. I'm going to bookmark this for future reference. You just never know when you could use one!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I'm back for more steampunking, even though I would most certainly pop out of some of these! :)

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @KarenCookieJar: Me too, but then I am a dude!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I love the way these look, but I'm too much of a wimp to wear one.