Designer's Note:

Hat by Ruby Raven.


January 2010

application: burlesque

High-backed Underbust Corset

The musculature of a aerialist presents an interesting challenge to the corsetiere. In this piece we decided to accentuate rather than diminish her powerful shoulders by encasing them in a high, strapped back. This underbust corset is fit perfectly under her bustline and features a scalloped lower edge inspired by faerie wings and flower petals. While the overall panel shaping is Edwardian-inspired, with silk-satin piping meeting at a four-way intersection at the hip, the back is truly unique, accentuating a tiny waist and arcing gracefully up to the nape of the neck. The angled triangular shoulder straps provide nearly a halter-style shaping in the front. This corset can be worn with a blouse underneath, or with the matching pair of pasties.