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By this time whalebone stays running through the corset had been replaced by metallic eyelets in the front of the garment.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